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The Split


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  • Actors: Diahann Carroll, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, James Whitmore, Ernest Borgnine Jim Brown
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1Q4BI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The L.A. Coliseum is the target of a crew of daring thieves led by the implacable McClain in this neo-noir adaptation of Richard Stark's The Seventh. Jim Brown (as McClain) heads the all-star cast that includes Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Julie Harris, Diahann Carroll, Jack Klugman, James Whitmore and Warren Oates (whew!) as the criminals and cops that inhabit the world of The Split. While McClain's meticulously planned heist goes as planned, the crew start to fall out after a psycho landlord and a crooked cop decide to stake a claim to the loot. Strikingly shot by Burnett Guffey (Bonnie and Clyde), The Split ups the ante with its iconic locations, splendid Sixties fashions and full-on funky score by Quincy Jones with contributions from Sheb Wooley, Arthur Prysock and Billy Preston. As a footnote for the faint of heart, it is worth noting that The Split was the first movie to earn an "R" rating!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rowe on June 4, 2012
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It's a treat to see this many excellent actors all in one movie. Jim Brown convincingly plays a no-nonsense operator who assembles a diverse team to rob the L.A. Coliseum of more than half a million dollars. Recommended if you like any of the featured actors. Each has a standout moment that reveals how different his/her character is from the others in the film. The cinematography is vivid, and the location photography at the Coliseum only makes you wish there was more of it. The plot (no spoiler) takes an odd turn toward the end, which may account for the film's lack of popularity. But the cast and the other positive attributes (Quincy Jones' score, for example) far outweigh this slight drawback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pamela barnwell on July 19, 2013
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I bought this movie for my sister who was having a difficult time finding the movie. She was very happy when I gave it to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Reeser on July 12, 2013
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DVR'd this because it had Donald Sutherland. I'd never heard of it before. Based on a Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) Parker novel, this Jim Brown movie really caught me by surprise. An ensemble cast with Jack Klugman, Earnest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Diahann Carroll, Sutherland, Julie Harris, and James Whitmore. The plot starts with a robbery during a Professional Football game. But that's just the setup. As with many criminal teams, this is about what happens after the money is in their hands. And if you haven't peeked on Wikipedia, then you won't see what's coming. But when it comes, you'll know this seemingly simple heist will transform into a bloody free-for-all.

Julie Harris takes an out-of-character turn as a criminal that must have shocked her more sophisticated fans. This is not Brown's strongest movie, but he anchors the ensemble cast with ease. A late arrival to the movie is Gene Hackman, who does what he always does and steals the show.

This is a great movie that should not have been forgotten, but it apparently was. If you get the chance, be sure to watch it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Siriam on November 27, 2012
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I saw this film on release in 1968, hoping that it would be as good as the prior year's Point Blank based on another Richard Stark novel, since when I had read nearly all the Parker novels then available in the intervening year. With a cast of well known faces in support (Oates, Borgnine, Sutherland (in an early film for him), Hackman and Klugman) the omens looked good but sadly on re-seeing the film again in 2012 it is all as dire as I remember it from the original cinema release!

The key problems are the script sacrifices the hard edge of the source Stark novel to venture into early Blaxploitation territory with Jim Brown and Diahann Carroll who provide zero of the menace or tension needed in the lead roles to make this crime caper and double cross plot work. The best actor in the whole film is a manipulative Julie Harris who shows the type of cunning that the lead characters roles lack. Add to that a very disjointed and edited shoot with too many late 60s/early 70s set camera pieces (e.g. red full screen images for sunset beach walks and too much zooming around in the action pieces) and a pretty unbelievable depicted storyline of Brown as the gang leader and Hackman as a corrupt policeman working together after the heist has gone wrong, means very little works or is memorable in this movie.

The strange opening and ending with little explanation or closure probably sums the whole sad affair up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Gordon on January 29, 2013
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The whole reason I was determined to see "The Split" was because of it's exceptional cast. Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Donald Suherland, Jim Brown, Jack Klugman. Some of my favorite actors, a few of them I will gladly see any thing that the are in, but sadly "The Split" is not worthy of their talent. The movie is obvious, familiar and dull, based on a novel by the great pulp novelist Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake) and featuring a nice score by Quincy Jones, it is not a total waste, just a disappointment. For historical significance it is interesting as the first movie released with an "R" rating, but it is pretty tame by today's standards, and only the least bit interesting.

check out my reviews at moviezonemagazine.com
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By Movies & Candy on July 4, 2013
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I love the cast but the movie bombed like an Afghanistan drone. Maybe I was in an antsy mood but this movie was boring. So much going for it but just couldn't get into it. Maybe you will like it but not for me.
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