Split

The Split

Director: Gordon Flemyng

Cast: Gordon Flemyng, Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Julie Harris

     
 
A pair of crooks conspire to rob the ticket booth at the Los Angeles Coliseum during a Rams game. Before they can perform the heist, the two must find precisely the right henchmen to join them. Each potential gang member must undergo a rigorous test of skill. Thanks to care and precise planning, the caper comes off smoothly and afterward the gang leader (Jim Brown)

Overview

A pair of crooks conspire to rob the ticket booth at the Los Angeles Coliseum during a Rams game. Before they can perform the heist, the two must find precisely the right henchmen to join them. Each potential gang member must undergo a rigorous test of skill. Thanks to care and precise planning, the caper comes off smoothly and afterward the gang leader (Jim Brown) hides the money in the apartment of his ex-wife (Diahann Carroll). She only agrees to keep the money on the provision that he reform so they can get back together. Unfortunately, the wife's lust-crazed landlord (James Whitmore) busts into her house the next day and tries to rape her. During the struggle he kills her and then takes the loot. Later a crooked cop (Gene Hackman) investigates. Meanwhile, when the gang members learn that the loot is missing, they suspect a double-cross and engage in a huge battle. The cop finds the money and at first keeps it for himself. The head crook eventually figures out that the cop has it and so goes to him to make a little deal.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This adaptation of Richard Stark's cult-fave crime novel packs a nice little wallop, even by modern standards. Robert Sabaloff''s script moves at a crackling pace, laying out the heist and its twisty-turny aftermath in a snazzy, colorful style. The tough characterizations and dialogue are also likely to raise a smile from fans of hard-boiled fare. Appropriately, the performances live up to the live-wire tone of the script: Jim Brown delivers his anti-hero role with a coiled intensity that promises violence while Ernest Borgnine brings out the sadism lurking behind his character's smile and Donald Sutherland is convincingly chilly as an ice-cool accomplice. Most importantly, Gordon Flemyng directs the proceedings with plenty of style and intensity. He skillfully deploys Burnett Guffey's flashy cinematography and a killer jazz score by Quincy Jones to create an edgy, exciting mood, punctuated by a string of punchy, well-timed action setpieces. The end result is a taut, engaging exercise that is likely to please crime movie buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2012
UPC:
0883316454381
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
32,642

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Brown McClain
Diahann Carroll Ellie
Julie Harris Gladys
Ernest Borgnine Clinger
Gene Hackman Det. Lt. Walter Brille
Jack Klugman Kifka
Warren Oates Gough
James Whitmore Sutro
Gene Lebell Actor
Jon Kowal Actor
Lou Whitehill Actor
Jackie Joseph Jackie
Harry Hickox Detective
Joyce Jameson Jenifer
Warren Vanders Mason
George Cisar Doorman
Karen Norris Proprietress
Duane Grey Guard
John Orchard Guard
Ron Stokes Detective
Anne Randall Negli's Girl
Beverly Hills Receptionist
Robert Foulk Sergeant
Howard Curtis Physical Instructor
Chuck Hicks Physical Instructor
Carl Saxe Physical Instructor
Fabian Dean Clerk
George Robotham Physical Instructor
Thordis Brandt Clerk
Dee Carroll Woman
Edith Evanson Woman
Jose Gallegos Father
Tina Menard Mother
Anthony Carbone Man
Vanessa Lee Little Girl
Jonathan Hole Ticket Seller
Regis Parton Guard
Bill Couch Physical Instructor
Donald Sutherland Dave Negli

Technical Credits
Gordon Flemyng Director
Virgil Beck Special Effects
Robert Chartoff Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Rita Roland Editor
Robert Sabaroff Screenwriter
Chris Shaw Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer
Sheb Wooley Score Composer

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