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Split (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / The Beast / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Barry / Orwell / Jade
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Casey Cooke
Betty Buckley ... Dr. Karen Fletcher
Haley Lu Richardson ... Claire Benoit
Jessica Sula ... Marcia
Izzie Coffey ... Five-Year-Old Casey (as Izzie Leigh Coffey)
Brad William Henke ... Uncle John
Sebastian Arcelus ... Casey's Father
Neal Huff ... Mr. Benoit
Ukee Washington ... News Anchor
Ann Wood Ann Wood ... Game Show Enthusiast
Robert Michael Kelly Robert Michael Kelly ... Joe
M. Night Shyamalan ... Jai / Hooters Lover
Rosemary Howard ... Kevin's Mother
Jerome Gallman Jerome Gallman ... Vince, Security Guard
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Storyline

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him -- as well as everyone around him -- as the walls between his compartments shatter. Written by alexanderfire-00074

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Kevin has 23 distinct personalities. The 24th is about to be unleashed.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,010,975, 20 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$138,291,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$278,454,358
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Inspiration for the movie, real-life multiple-personality Billy Milligan (February 13, 1955 - December 12, 2014), charged with three rapes, was the first person diagnosed with multiple personality disorder to use an insanity defense by reason of that disorder, and also first to be acquitted thus. Milligan had 24 personalities, consisting of 10 Desirables: Billy Milligan, Arthur, Ragen Vadascovinich, Allen, Tommy, Danny, David, Christene, Christopher, and Adalana; and 13 Undesirables: Phil, Kevin, Walter, April, Samuel, Mark, Steve, Lee, Jason, Bobby, Shawn, Martin, and Timothy; and The Teacher, a fusion of all of the other personalities. See more »

Goofs

The Dr. Fletcher character is said to be a psychiatrist, which would mean she has a medical degree, not just a master's in counseling. A person with a masters degree is not referred to as Dr. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Claire Benoit: [about Casey standing over in the corner] That's what happens when you do a mercy invite.
Mr. Benoit: I believed you wanted to invite everyone.
Claire Benoit: Dad, I can't invite everyone in my art class except for one person without social networking evidence inflicting more pain on that person than was intended. And I'm not a monster.
Mr. Benoit: I'm proud of you. I think.
Claire Benoit: She gets detention a lot and she yells at teachers sometimes. There was that rumor that went around that she just kept running away from home.
Marcia: Um, ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown in 24 frames in the background of the scrolling credits to simulate the 24 different personalities that Kevin has in the movie. See more »


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Written & Performed by James Newton Howard
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Split not only has Shyamalan back on the saddle but also rewards fans for their patience in his return to form.
6 February 2017 | by LloydBayerSee all my reviews

What a terrific comeback for Shyamalan! Many have been vocal that horror writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has been on a downward spiral after having peaked with Unbreakable, his very own superhero origins film. Split sees the continuation of Shyamalan's tryst with the supernatural but also a long awaited rhetoric that this filmmaker was merely waiting for the right moment to resurface. While his last film - The Visit - was predictable but entertaining, Split underscores his storytelling prowess with the high level of creativity that made him a household name in contemporary horror.

Yet fans will concur that Split isn't just a comeback either, rather a tactical setup of Shyamalan's very own cinematic universe. Put literally, the film is about a person with multiple personalities where each personality speaks collectively in full awareness of the rest. Although main character Kevin is said to exhibit 23 personalities, we see just a handful during most of the film. There's Barry, a New York fashionista, Hedwig, a goofy 9-year-old, and darker personalities Patricia and Dennis. Calling themselves The Horde, the latter two have influenced the abduction of three high school girls as a ritualistic sacrifice for the 24th personality often referred to as "The Beast". The girls have limited time before The Beast is unleashed and although paralysed by fear, their escape depends on protagonist Casey's (Anya Taylor-Joy) proactive deconstruct of the good and evil personalities that reside in Kevin. To her advantage and through revelatory flashbacks, we learn that this wouldn't be the first time Casey would confront a monster.

If Edward Norton's dual personalities was chilling in his debut film Primal Fear, wait till you get a load of James McAvoy in what is simply an outstanding performance of versatility (or should I say two dozen performances in one film?). More than just a demanding role to pull off, McAvoy's broad range in this film has also elevated what could have been a familiar antagonist into a nerve wrecking supervillain. Which is why Shyamalan's so called signature twist ending is almost astounding. To be honest there isn't an actual twist in the story, but the ending is an unexpected but seamless integration into a sort of trilogy that will have most viewers gob smacked. It's an inside joke and almost as if Shyamalan is asking if we have you been watching closely, but also an extremely rewarding Easter egg for every true fan of the man. Welcome back Mr. Shyamalan!


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