The Split Reviews
(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
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.
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.