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The Silent Partner (1978) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
“One of the crown jewels of tax shelter-era Canuxploitation cinema.” - TIFF The Silent Partner (1978) is a Canadian heist film directed by Daryl Duke and stars Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York. John Candy also appears in a small comedic role. The Silent Partner is a remake of a Danish film called Think of a Number (1969). Oscar Peterson provided the film’s score, which turned out to be the only score he ever produced for a dramatic film. Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) is a timid bank teller at the Toronto Eaton Centre. When he realizes one day that his bank is about to be robbed by a menacing figure dressed as Santa Claus, he hides some of the bank’s money and keeps it for himself. After news reports come out that detail how much the bank lost, the thief (a very sadistic Christopher Plummer) soon figures out that he was outsmarted and decides to get the rest of the money. This sets off a thrilling cat‑and‑mouse game between Miles and a madman with cunning plans and a dangerous temper. Unlike most Toronto film productions which have our city pretending to be New York, Chicago, Boston or Los Angeles (complete with yellow cabs, USA TODAY newspaper boxes and re-branded store fronts); this film actually takes pride in showing off that the characters live and work in mid-70s Toronto. The film starts off in the brand-spanking-new Eaton Centre (Phase One [Dundas to Albert Street] had just opened in 1977 and Phase Two [Albert to Queen Street] did not open until 1979). The only fake shop in the movie is the bank where the robbery takes place: the very Toronto-ish sounding First Bank of Toronto. All the other real stores you’ll see in the mall are all now long-gone (Slack Shack, Coles the Book People, Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlour, Bata shoe store, a place shaped like an orange that sold orange juice, a place that sold tropical fish, and Eaton’s). Other Toronto scenes you’ll see in the film include: the Silver Dollar Room (which was recently demolished), old yellow police cars, various sites along Parliament Street, a ride on the subway, the Beach(es), and a romantic dinner on Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant. And this is probably the only film where you get to see Christopher Plummer wearing a mesh tank top. The film was the first to be produced by Carolco Pictures (which later produced films such as Total Recall and the first three Rambo films) and took advantage of the Canadian government's generous Capital Cost Allowance tax provision, which allowed producers to write-off 100% of their invest in Canadian produced films. The tax shelter era for Canadian films lasted from 1974 to 1982. The film won in six categories at Canadian Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Musical Score. This was the last year of the Canadian Film Awards [masked]), which henceforth became known as the Genie Awards. Roger Ebert, in his March 30, 1979 review in the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a thriller that is not only intelligently and well acted and very scary, but also has the most audaciously clockwork plot I've seen in a long time." Ebert described it as "worthy of Hitchcock." The film is being presented by TIFF as part of their KinoVortex series, “a monthly showcase of bonkers B films, arthouse gems, genre classics and mindbenders of every variety.” The film will be introduced by the curator of the series, Colin Geddes. Rotten Tomatoes: 84% (Audience Score) IMDb: 7.6/10 Roger Ebert: ★★★½ (out of 4) Running Time: 106 minutes ■■■ TICKET INFORMATION: ■■■ Tickets can be purchased any time before the screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office (open daily from 10am to 10pm) or online (which I do not recommend as TIFF adds an online surcharge to each ticket purchased). Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $11.50 for seniors and students. As always, there is no additional meetup fee. ■■■ MEETING SPOT: ■■■ At 8:15pm we will meet upstairs by the ticket takers, near the snack bar. The meetup organizer (Mark) will be easy to spot - just look for someone with messy black hair, a green Sprite™ t-shirt and a black messenger bag. At 8:30pm we will head to the theatre and attempt to get a group of seats together in the back row (or two). The movie starts at 9:00pm. ■■■ BEFORE THE MOVIE: ■■■ As the movie will be ending late, most people will not be interested in going out for a bite or a drink after the movie. Therefore we will try to make arrangements to meet BEFORE the movie for a bite or a drink. Details to be posted closer to the meetup date. ■■■ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ■■■ TIFF: https://www.tiff.net Upcoming meetups: https://www.meetup.com/ClassicMovies/events

★ TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King Street West · Toronto, ON

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Click the following link for a list of upcoming meetups: https://www.meetup.com/ClassicMovies/events/

Are you a fan of classic movies? Then this is the meetup group for you.

Join now and become part of a group that goes out to classic movie screenings a couple of times each month in downtown Toronto.

For the purpose of this group we are going to define classic movies as those that are at least forty years old. This will give us a wide range of potential viewing options from the early silent era right up to the mid‑1970s. This is similar to the range used by TCM (Turner Classic Movies cable tv channel).

After each scheduled movie we usually go to a restaurant, bar or coffee shop to hangout with one another and talk about the movies we enjoy.

Although Toronto's rep theatres do not show as many classic movies as they use to, there are still many classic movies being shown each month. In addition to the scheduled movie meetups, we will also attempt to keep everyone updated on the various gems being shown in Toronto's movie theatres. Take a peek at the Classic Movie Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/ClassicMovies/messages/boards/thread/34872672) (currently out‑of‑date) as well as our list of Places to see Classic Movies in Toronto (http://www.meetup.com/ClassicMovies/messages/boards/thread/34706002).

Even if you may not be interested in the movies we currently have scheduled, please take a minute to signup today and then you'll find out about future meetings as soon as they are scheduled.

Group policies:

Cellphones must be turned off or kept in silent mode (no sound and no vibration) and MUST NOT be glanced at or used under any circumstances once previews have started. If you have an emergency and you need to talk, text, or call someone, please step out of the theatre to avoid disturbing others. Use of your cell phone once the previews have started could result in your removal from the group. This policy also applies to the use of computers, tablets, and smart watches.

Talking during the movie is also a potential cause for removal from this group. Our group normally goes out for a bite or a drink after the movie at which time we will have lots of time to talk about the movies, therefore it should not be necessary to talk during the movie and possibly disturb the viewing experience of others.

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