Just how über '70s is Daryl Duke's The Silent Partner? Elliot Gould (check) stars as Miles, a milquetoast bank teller and budding lothario (check) who inadvertently provokes the murderous rage of an androgynous (check) psychopath (check), played by a turtlenecked Christopher Plummer (double check). Decapitation, double-crosses, boobs, blow—and that's just in the first 30 minutes! The Silent Partner isn't emblematic of the 1970s, it is the 1970s. So it's only fitting that the film, a sleeper hit in the States and a critical darling in Canada, sweeps across a range of tones, from silly and sexy to gritty and somber. As he did in Robert Altman's MASH and The Long Goodbye, Gould performs a kind of double miracle: As the shambling nebbish of the first act and the cunning Don Juan of the second, he somehow nails both roles without breaking a sweat. Plummer, on the other hand, rants and rages like he's auditioning for a community theater production of Titus Andronicus (did I mention the turtlenecks?). Toss in a stuttering bebop score by jazz great Oscar Peterson and you have all the ingredients for a batshit '70s cinematic stew.

  • Showing at: Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 17.
  • Best paired with: Deschutes Red Chair NW Pale Ale.
  • Also showing: Kelly’s Heroes (Laurelhurst).