(1978)3.5Brendon HanleyBefore Curtis Hanson's success as a director in the 1990s, he was known mostly for a handful of well-respected, edgy screenplays. Adapted from a novel by Anders Bodelsen, the cerebral thriller The Silent Partner was little-seen upon release, but in hindsight, it stands out as one of the best sleepers of the late '70s. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Daryl Duke, Partner gets a lot of mileage from its star, Elliott Gould, who is at his laconic best as the surprisingly smooth bank teller. Similar to his distanced performance in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Gould subtly plays an everyman struggling to regain control of his life, on his own terms. In his role as an enraged bank robber, Christopher Plummer brings an unexpected menace to the film. Hanson would go on to write 1982's highly controversial Sam Fuller film White Dog and 1983's Never Cry Wolf before hitting box-office gold with The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).