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½ January 12, 2016
Stylised crime caper that turns into a murderous thriller too soon.
January 7, 2016
Fast pace crime caper movie. Average action but still good enough movie. Jim Brown returns to his home town after a few years in jail. His ex wife Diahann Carroll don't welcome him. Old friend Julie Harris contact him to do a robbery at the football stadium. So he start looking for partners. Ernest Borgnine as muscle man. Jack Klugman as driver. Donald Sutherland as a gunman/sniper. Warren Oates is the safe cracker. Jim do the recon and plan. They crack into the office and wait for the staff to come for work. Then they count the money bags coming in and out. They get away in an ambulance. Donald shot 2 car to block the road, hindering the cops. The ambulance drive into the back of a truck and off they go well hidden. The safe way is to hide the money in Diahann home and she knew what Jim had done. Next morning after Jim left, the landlord came up wanting to discuss rental and is smitten by the sexy lady. Somehow he goes mad and accidentally open the drawers, he shoot her dead with the machine gun Jim had hidden & also stole the money. The landlord make a call to police and escape. Jim return to his horror and escape from cops. The rest of the gang don't believe he is innocent and beat him up to force out the money. Just as Ernest is gonna kill him with steam, Jim break loose and Donald is killed by the steam and shot dead Julie. He find the detective Gene Hackman investigating the case and want to know who is involve. Gene told him about the landlord and next day the news state Gene solve the case and killed the landlord. No mention of the money makes the rest believe Jim must have it. He makes a deal with Gene to get only his own share back and help him kill the rest. Gene and Jim lure the others to the scrap yard and kills them all. Jim just take his share and leave the rest to Gene.
½ September 2, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(1968) The Split

McClain (Jim Brown) tests and then recruits a group of professionals to steal the football stadiums earnings. The groups includes, Warren Oates, Jack Klugman, James Whitmore, Donald Sutherland and Ernest Borgnine. Once the group succeeds in getting the money out then it was going to be split up amongst the group, except that not everything is going accordingly to plan in one of the most stupidest fashion. Gene Hackman also stars as corrupt Detective Lt. Walter Brill.

The movie has a great first hour, but then it starts to get worst as it's progressing. And it's like the guy who killed McClain's long time wife/ girlfriend nothing happens to him, is probably the most ridiculous thing I had ever saw.

1 star out of 4
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2013
Great cast and it starts well but peters out a bit at the end. Still an okay heist flick.
January 27, 2013
Pretty standard caper film, based on a story by the great Donald E. Westlake, is elevated above it's cliches by an eclectic and solid cast that includes, Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, Warren Oats, Jack Klugman, Julie Harris, Donald Sutherland and James Whitmore.
January 22, 2013
ok heist/caper film.
September 12, 2010
Based on The Seventh, one of the better Richard Stark Parker novels, The Split mashes a bunch of great A & B List actors together (Jim Brown, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Gene Hackman, Donald Sutherland, James Whitmore and Jack Klugman) and delivers an entertaining, but so-so heist gone wrong flick. One of the cooler things about the book was that the heist itself was already done & gone before the story even started, but the movie feels it's necessary to spend half the flick on that obvious detail. The juicy stuff is what happens after with Whitmore's perverted Landlord and Hackman's shady police detective. Still, it's a great cast and this is the only place you're going to see these guys together in the same room. It's worth the price of admission. VF.
April 25, 2010
A-list actors & a good score can't save a dull uneven mess of a caper film. The misfit group of thieves come across as too nice & unbelievable as cutthroat killers. Besides, the heist itself is all kinds of lame as was the finale.
½ August 23, 2009
Arguably the most poorly adapted Donald E. Westlake novel, this nonetheless features a fantastic Quincy Jones score and terrific cast. The romantic interludes between Brown and Diahann Carroll could hardly be more dull, and the director moves the plot along without inspiration.

Which is a shame since Jim Brown assembles a gang with Warren Oates as a racist cracker safe-cracker, Sutherland as a sure shot marksman, Borgnine as the muscle, and a nebbishy Klugman as a wheelman who ends up furiously blazing away with a grease gun.

Burnett Guffey's cinematography of `60s San Pedro is also terrific. So, there are many great things here that should have made a great movie. But the plot as adapted starts to fall apart after the post-heist midpoint, and it only gets worse. Still, this is probably worth seeing and listening to as long as one can turn down expectations for the finale.
½ July 21, 2009
A fantastic Westlake adaptation. Really feels like a Parker film (even if Mclaine is a touch softer than Parker.)

One hell of a cast, and also features a kung fu fight between Ernest Borgnine and Jim Brown.

I don't know why this isn't more famous.
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