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Split Second (1992)

R | | Action, Crime, Horror | 1 May 1992 (USA)
In a flooded future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner, and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.

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Tony Maylam
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Harley Stone
Kim Cattrall ... Michelle McLaine
Alastair Duncan ... Det. Dick Durkin (as Neil Duncan)
Michael J. Pollard ... The Rat Catcher
Alun Armstrong ... Thrasher
Pete Postlethwaite ... Paulsen
Ian Dury ... Jay Jay
Roberta Eaton Roberta Eaton ... Robin
Tony Steedman ... Pat O'Donnell
Steven Hartley ... Foster McLaine
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ... Tiffany (as Sarah Stockbridge)
Colin Skeaping Colin Skeaping ... Drunk
Ken Bones ... Forensic Expert
Dave Duffy ... Nick 'The Barman'
Stewart Harvey-Wilson Stewart Harvey-Wilson ... The Killer
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Storyline

The year is 2008. Global warming has melted much of the polar ice caps, resulting in serious flooding around the world - including the city of London, which is now under several feet of water. In the ensuing chaos, a new killer has emerged. One that's unnatural, unrelenting and unstoppable. Maverick veteran policeman Harley Stone has a link with the killer - it murdered his partner, and he will do whatever it takes to bring down the killer. As a new rookie is assigned to him, Stone must find the killer, rescue his girlfriend, and fight off his own inner demons as he gets closer to his mysterious adversary. But when the killer is a vicious 10 foot tall alien creature, even in the future, there aren't guns big enough to stop the creature's deadly reign. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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He's seen the future...Now he has to kill it. He'll need bigger guns. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for gore and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delić sekunde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,430,822
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Scott Thompson's original 1988 spec script was titled Pentagram, the story of it took place in L.A., it involved ritualistic serial killer who kills five people every five years during the last quarter of century and always leaves pentagram symbol after each kill. This original first version of the script was action buddy cop horror film with occult overtones. Pentagram spec got Thompson more jobs before it was finally picked up by head of Challenge Films studio Laura Gregory and production manager Susan Nicoletti, and they got director Tony Maylam involved. All three of them told Thompson to change the script because the story was too similar to at that time recent horror thriller The First Power (1990). Thompson rewrote the script and retitled it Black Tide, and this new version was close to the final film, it took place in London which was half under water due to global warming. Although Thompson wrote the script with Harrison Ford in mind for the lead role, he was happy when Rutger Hauer was cast, and Hauer really loved the script which is why he wanted to do the film.

The script went through more constant rewrites during production, there were lot of discussion about the look of the monster and what exactly it would have been, which left Stephen Norrington only three weeks to design the creature. The ending kept getting changed and Thompson kept rewriting it during filming, Hauer told him to rewrite it to make it more physical and with more focus on psychic connection between Stone and creature. Maylam couldn't finish the film due to all the stress he went through during production so Ian Sharp and others took over and finished the film, and it was Sharp who filmed the final action scene in subway and some other additional scenes, this is why he is credited as co-director in the ending credits.

Originally, Wendy Carlos (who composed music for A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980) and TRON (1982)) was hired to compose the score for the film, but her score was rejected and new score was composed by Francis Haines and Stephen W. Parsons. Couple tracks of Carlos' rejected score, ones which were going to be used in the morgue scene, were included on her album "Rediscovering Lost Scores, Volume 2".

Some scenes were deleted from the film and were not included on any version of the film. Very rare Japanese VHS did had couple extra scenes; Stone and Durkin go to Durkin's place where Durkin talks with his girlfriend Robin (actress Roberta Eaton plays this role and is still credited in the film even though her scene was deleted), and one more scene between Stone and Durkin talking inside the car while at the same time creature kills some jogger and rips his heart out, and two of them then find his body. See more »

Goofs

After Durkin is attacked and Stone drags him out of the back of his car, the blood on his shirt changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Paulsen: [Incredulously to Stone and Durkin on their murderer] What the hell am I supposed to do? Put out an APB on some fucking guy who looks like the devil, answers to the name Lucifer? Yeah and you! Suppose he's got two horns sticking out of his fucking head. A little fucking tail. Bugger out of the way will you. Pair of pricks.
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Crazy Credits

The famous Moody Blues song "Nights in White Satin" is credited as "Knights in White Satin". "Knights in White Satin" is the title of the Giorgio Moroder remake. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese cut contains several additional scenes, mostly with Det. Dick Durkin's girlfriend Robin, who he mentions in the film, but she is never seen. Roberta Eaton, who plays her, is credited in all versions of the movie, but all of her scenes were cut from all but the Japanese version. This extended cut has been released on DVD only in Germany. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Blonde Poison: The Making of 'Basic Instinct' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
Performed by Cab Calloway
Licensed courtesy of San Juan Music Group
Written by Harold Arlen- Johnny Mercer
Published by Famous Music Group
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Marvelous character development
15 June 2007 | by vinnieltSee all my reviews

Dick Durkin (Neil Duncan) is the reason to watch 'Split Second'. Dick's plenty competent as the newly assigned partner of Harley Stone (Rutger Hauer) as the beginning unfolds, but he clearly questions whether Harley is fully sane.

However, as his character evolves along with the evidence of the case he's on, and especially in the moments immediately after the conversion of his partnership with Harley, the presentation of 'Dick' by Duncan is pure fun just to watch.

Decent action, decent suspense, plus a portion of horror and sci-fi. But watch it for Dick Durkin.


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