Elliott Gould is a bank teller who discovers that the bank he works in is about to be robbed during the busy Christmas season. Gould decides to help himself. He stacks his till full of cash. When the robber disguised as Santa Claus comes to rob the bank, Gould gives him some of the cash and pockets the rest for himself. When the robber played by Christopher Plummer discovers that more money was reported missing than what he actually took, he quickly realizes what has happened and wants his money. Gould is way over his head in dealing with the psychotic Plummer.
This awesome thriller is a brilliant game of cat and mouse. The Silent Partner (1978) is a Canadian movie made at the start of the Canadian governments “Capital Cost Allowance” plan to create more interest in the Canadian film industry.
Directed by Daryl Duke who biggest movies were The Thorn Birds and Tai Pan that he made for TV. The screenplay was adapted by Curtis Hanson from a Danish novel called Tænk på et tal by writer Anders Bodelsen. Susannah York and a very young John Candy co-star. The movie is hard to track down but it’s worth the effort.