The Silent Partner

You wouldn’t like Santa when he’s mad.

The Saint Nick in question is a bank robber wearing a costume, but, as played by the always-imposing Christopher Plummer, he’s a savage.

And he’s royally pissed.

Bank teller Elliott Gould, realizing a robbery is going down, stashes a chunk of money prior to the holdup, then strolls away with the loot himself.

That sets up a cat and mouse game between thieves — hardened professional and opportunistic first-timer — with a script by future L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson.

Someone’s getting coal for Christmas, but not the people who made this late ’70s gem.

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