The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia – Take 5
- The Silent Partner
- Daryl Duke
- 105 35mm
- B.C. Film History
- January 21, 2019 8:30
“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
Daryl Duke’s Toronto-set heist thriller—one of the first and best movies produced 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 Cristopher Plummer play 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. Print courtesy of UNCSA Moving Image Archives.