The Silent Partner

Canada 1978. Dir: Daryl Duke. 105 min. 35mm

II. A Tribute to Daryl Duke
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Daryl Duke’s Toronto-set heist thriller — one of the first and best movies made during Canadian cinema’s much-maligned Capital Cost Allowance (or “tax-shelter”) era — nabbed a sizable six Canadian Film Awards, including Best Feature and Director. New Hollywood icon Elliott Gould stars as a bank teller who hatches a clever scheme to misappropriate a large chunk of cash; Canadian idol Christopher Plummer plays the sadistic bank robber who becomes his adversary. Susannah York co-stars; a young John Candy appears. Duke’s offbeat, sometimes brutally violent film was a sleeper hit in the U.S. Oscar Peterson composed the score; Curtis Hanson (later the director of L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys) penned the script. “A wonderful gem of a thriller ... The most audaciously clockwork plot I’ve seen in a long time ... It’s worthy of Hitchcock” (Roger Ebert). Print courtesy of UNCSA Moving Image Archive.