Warner Archive Collection (series)
A crew of daring thieves stages a daring daylight robbery only to fall out over "the split."
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 24, 2012
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Julie Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman & Donald Sutherland|
|Performer:||Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, James Whitmore & Joyce Jameson|
|Directed by||Gordon Flemyng|
|Edited by||Rita Roland|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Sabaroff & Chris Shaw|
|Composition by||Quincy Jones & Sheb Wooley|
|Cinematography by||Burnett Guffey|
|Art Direction by||George W. Davis & Urie McCleary|
|Produced by||Robert Chartoff & Irwin Winkler|
|Director of Photography:||Burnett Guffey|
Description by OLDIES.com:
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 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, The Split was the first movie to earn an "R" rating.
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.
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