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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 »


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1966 novel "The Seventh" by Richard Stark (pseudonym for Donald Westlake). Jim Brown's character "McClain" is actually Parker, the high-stakes criminal portrayed by Lee Marvin ("Point Blank"), Mel Gibson ("Payback") and Jason Statham ("Parker"). See more »

Goofs

As McClain is escaping from Ellie's apartment, a detective shoots at him, breaking the car windshield. The glass breaks in jagged shards, which is wrong. Car glass is tempered safety glass which breaks in beaded chunks. Safety glass has been standard in cars since the 1920s. 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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Mediocre
7 September 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Though I think Leonard was a little harsh, "The Split" still isn't a very good movie. The characters are paper-thin, scenes seem to be missing, and the movie is generally predictable. And there are some unbelievable scenes, like when Jim Brown's character "tests" the potential recruits. The lame climax you've seen in countless other movies.

On the positive side, there is quite a bit of A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E here, which only something from this time period could pull off. There's a great scene when Borgnine and Brown slug it out. And the Quincy Jones soundtrack is great. I suspect the music is behind the reason why this has never been released on video.


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