The Silent Partner
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One last word: I wish Amazon would not allow reviews for a product prior to its release. There are a number of reviews here that were written long before the DVD release ( April 3). The film is, in fact, presented in a widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio. The cover is terrible, and whoever designed it Obviously never saw the film, but what is contained within the case is well worth watching. I wish people had the sense and integrity to actually view a product prior to posting a review of it.
No extras, but a decent 1.85:1 widescreen transfer.
With his unexpected boldness, Miles wins a temporary celebrity status, and a newfound sex appeal to use on his love-interest, Julie (played by Susannah York.) Unfortunately, Miles must come down to earth when he realizes that he has attracted another admirer, the psychopathic robber Harry Reikle, who is thoroughly enraged by the fact that Miles has thwarted him.
Elliot Gould is terrific as the nerdish but canny Miles, playing him with an abundance of smirks. Susannah York sparkles as the perky professional Julie, who shares Miles' despair over a boringly repetitious existence.
But Christopher Plummer is the scene-stealer as the viciously jealous Reikle, a particularly nasty combination of derangement, sexual kinkiness, and cunning.
An added bonus is the appearance of Celine Lomez as the ravishingly beautiful Elaine, who lavishes her attentions on Miles before meeting an untimely end. Lomez could have been a star if she had showed up a couple decades later, when Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz escorted "Latino chic" into the movies. See if Celine Lomez doesn't make your heart flip-flop.
Altogether, "Silent Partner" is a first-rate chiller in the Hitchcock vein. It's peculiar, cross-dressed kinkiness preceded Brian De Palma's "Dressed to Kill" by a few years, and IMHO, "Silent Partner" is a better film than "Dressed to Kill".
"Silent Partner" was shot entirely in Toronto, Canada, and features a sweet film score by that city's native jazzman, Oscar Peterson.
I first watched this film in 1978 on a double bill. This film received no publicity and suffered from the worst distribution of any film... EVER! Garth Drabinsky (Cineplex Odeon) produced this film with massive help from the Canadian Film Board. This film was a complete Canadian production and the major distributers bought it on the cheap for US distribution. The problem was that this film is probably one of the top 20 films made in the glorious 1970's. Easily on a level with "3 Days of the Condor".
You truly had to be "in the know" to see this movie... however, it is finally released in DVD. Now you can see one of the greatest "little" movies of all time. Tight script, well acted, and directed beautifully; however, this film was done on a small budget and it shows in the film stock used. Don't let this stop you from seeing a true classic from the 70's.
PS... Don't read any of the reviews that tell you anything about the plot... enjoy it for the first time with fresh eyes and "spoiler" free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christopher Plummer has never been more wicked! Kept me on the edge of my seat! And Eliot Gould was a bit of perfect casting as the timid bank teller who proves to be his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Spencer
Very entertaining movie with a good premise, worth watching it.Published 3 months ago by Luis Ocaranza
I THOUGHT IT WAS ALWAYS A GREAT CAT AND MOUSE GAME THRILLER. WANTED TO HAVE MY OWN COPYPublished 4 months ago by John Bilski
I bought the DVD some years ago after seeing the film on the brain shrinker. It is an excellent movie but apparently a somewhat overlooked thriller, but as it's been a long rime... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JD
I know its an old movie,but there are so many better than this one.Published 7 months ago by Finnomaki
Great movie. Older but as good as I remember it from the 70sPublished 8 months ago by Gary E. Eccles
Creepy. I just don't expect Christopher Plummer (AKA Captain Von Trap) to be so dark.Published 9 months ago by Nadine
Very good quality of picture, etc. But It was not compatible with United Kingdom, format 2. So I had to watch it on my desk top instead of on my T.V. If U. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joyce Carmichael