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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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The money was easy to steal...but hard to split! See more »


Certificate:

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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

This was Donald Sutherland's first American movie. He was filming in London when the offer came through, but he didn't have enough money to fly his family to Los Angeles. Fellow Canadian Christopher Plummer lent him $1,500. See more »

Quotes

Dave Negli: Listen, Marty, the last man I killed I did it for $5000. For $85,000 I'd kill you 17 times.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

It's Just A Game, Love
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Ernie Shelby
Sung by Clydie King and Billy Preston
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Twisty yarn.
5 July 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Near the beginning of this film, there is a fistfight, but it's not exciting because we don't know why the two men are fighting. A little later, there is a car chase, but it's not exciting either, because we don't know who's chasing whom or why. Later still, we find out the answers to those questions, but two potentially good action scenes have been wasted. And then the movie turns into a standard heist flick....thankfully only for a while. The focus here is not on the actual heist, but more on the aftermath. And it's there that the movie finally goes in unexpected directions.

There is, for example, the bizarre scene in which a man gets off on shooting someone with a machine-gun. There is the memorable image of a white sheet that gradually "absorbs" the blood of the body that's underneath it, and red spots start appearing on it. And there some neat plot twists along the way, mostly involving a character (I won't say which) that enters the picture when you least expect him to.

If the whole movie was as good as its final 30 minutes, I'd give it one more star, but for now this gets a ** rating.


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