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The Split (1968)

Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money.

Director:

Gordon Flemyng

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (novel) (as Richard Stark), Robert Sabaroff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Brown ... McClain
Diahann Carroll ... Ellen 'Ellie' Kennedy
Ernest Borgnine ... Bert Clinger
Julie Harris ... Gladys
Gene Hackman ... Detective Lt. Walter Brill
Jack Klugman ... Harry Kifka
Warren Oates ... Marty Gough
James Whitmore ... Herb Sutro
Donald Sutherland ... Dave Negli
Joyce Jameson ... Jenifer
Harry Hickox ... Detective
Jackie Joseph ... Jackie
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Mason
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Storyline

A man named McClain's tasked with planning the robbery of a Los Angeles Coliseum after a big game. He recruits 4 men. The job goes off without a hitch. When they ponder where to keep the money McClain suggests they leave it with Ellie, his girlfriend. But when she's killed, the money's vanished, and they all wonders what happened. They assume McClain knows where the money is, but he doesn't. He thinks the cop investigating the robbery and Ellie's death know more than he's letting on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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No wonder they're happy. They just stole a half-million dollars in front of a hundred-thousand witnesses... But watch what happens when it's time for The Split! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Run the Man Down See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Borgnine and Gene Hackman appeared together again in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). See more »

Quotes

Marty Gough: You've got eyes like a pussycat.
Jenifer: Meow. Come get me.
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Connections

Featured in Jim Brown: All American (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Split
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Ernie Shelby
Sung by Billy Preston
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If You Like Heist Films, You'll Love The Split
29 January 2005 | by DelVarrickSee all my reviews

Great little heist number starring some of the finest actors ever to grace the silver screen. Jim Brown made only few films between his most famous outing, The Dirty Dozen, and his biggest claim to fame, the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s. The Split may well be the best of those, though ...tick...tick...tick... with George Kennedy would be a close second. Here, Brown turns in one of his best performances as McClain, a down on his luck career criminal looking to make a big score.

Jim Brown teams with two of his Dirty Dozen cohorts, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Sutherland, as well as Jack Klugman, Warren Oates and Gene Hackman. All give fine performances as do the film's leading ladies, Julie Harris and Diahann Carroll. Warren Oates is terrific here in one of his early roles. When compared to his later work, this shows just how versatile and actor he was. Gene Hackman is also excellent as Brille, a role which foreshadows the work he would do later in The French Connection. Keep an eye out for veteran character actor James Whitmore in a small but pivotal role as Diahann Carroll's creepy landlord.

Tight direction by Gordon Flemyng, interesting cinematography by Burnett Guffey, wonderful music by Quincy Jones, an effectively clever story and script by Richard Stark and Robert Sabaroff. The Split has a lot going for it. If you liked Peckinpah's The Getaway and Don Siegel's Charley Varrick, chances are you'll like The Split.

Highly recommended.


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