The Split (1968)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  4 November 1968 (USA)
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Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money.



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Complete credited cast:
Ellen 'Ellie' Kennedy
Bert Clinger
Detective Lt. Walter Brill
Harry Kifka
Marty Gough
Herb Sutro
Dave Negli
Harry Hickox ...
Jackie Joseph ...
Warren Vanders ...


A man McClain is tasked with planning the robbery of a sports coliseum after a big game. He recruits four men. They pull the job without a hitch. When they ponder on where to keep the money McClain suggests they leave it with Ellie, his girlfriend. When she is killed and the money is gone. Everyone wonders what happened. And they assume that McClain knows where the money is but he doesn't. They rough him up but McClain escapes and tries to find out what happened. He thinks the cop investigating the robbery and Ellie's death knows more than he is letting on. Written by

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Release Date:

4 November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El atraco del estadio  »

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Did You Know?


The game footage early in the movie is of an actual Rams-Packers game, played on December 3, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams did win the game by 20-3, but it was a normal regular season game, not a "playoff". See more »


Dave Negli: Listen, Marty, the last man I killed I did it for $5000. For $85,000 I'd kill you 17 times.
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Featured in Jim Brown: All American (2002) See more »


The Split
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Ernie Shelby
Sung by Billy Preston
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Twisty yarn.
5 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Near the beginning of this film, there is a fistfight, but it's not exciting because we don't know why the two men are fighting. A little later, there is a car chase, but it's not exciting either, because we don't know who's chasing whom or why. Later still, we find out the answers to those questions, but two potentially good action scenes have been wasted. And then the movie turns into a standard heist flick....thankfully only for a while. The focus here is not on the actual heist, but more on the aftermath. And it's there that the movie finally goes in unexpected directions.

There is, for example, the bizarre scene in which a man gets off on shooting someone with a machine-gun. There is the memorable image of a white sheet that gradually "absorbs" the blood of the body that's underneath it, and red spots start appearing on it. And there some neat plot twists along the way, mostly involving a character (I won't say which) that enters the picture when you least expect him to.

If the whole movie was as good as its final 30 minutes, I'd give it one more star, but for now this gets a ** rating.

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