The Split (1968)

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A group of thieves attempt a daring robbery of a football stadium.

Movie Overview
"The Split" is an American crime drama film released in 1968, directed by Gordon Flemyng and based on the Parker novel, 'The Seventh', penned by Donald E. Westlake. It stars an ensemble cast of actors including Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Julie Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, and Donald Sutherland.

The plot revolves around Jim Brown as McClain, an experienced criminal, who diligently prepares a heist of the profits from a football game in Los Angeles after he's tipped off by a security guard. He assembles a team of elite bad guys, each having a distinct skill. The group consists of Harry Kifka, a transporter, Dave Negli, a mechanic, Bert Clinger, a lock guy, Gladys, a rental accomplice, and Ellie, McClain's separated other half who'll provide the hideout.

Break-in and Aftermath
As part of the plan, the group get into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, disarms the alarms, and blocks off the guards without causing any harm. They manage to successfully loot half a million dollars without leaving any trace. However, things begin to decipher when McClain hands over the loot to Ellie for safekeeping and instructs the team to lay low up until the heat subsides.

Double-Cross and Betrayal
Unfortunately, upon McClain's return after averting the cops, he discovers Ellie murdered and the cash missing. The circumstance turns sour when McClain discovers the hideout empty, leading to suspicions amidst the employee. Soon, a blame video game commences, with loyalty and trust flying out the window. The group falls apart with each one thinking the other, additional stimulating an unsafe video game of survival.

In the last act, McClain pieces together the puzzle and understands that Ellie was stalked by corrupt cop, Detective - Lieutenant Walter Brill, who eliminated her and took the loot. A violent conflict ensues, with McClain killing Brill and recovering the stolen money, barely getting away prior to backup shows up. The film ends with McClain bringing justice to Ellie and back to being on his own.

Significance and Theme
"The Split" was especially pioneering, as the first American film to be ranked 'R' due to mature and violent material. The film's state of mind is gritty and climatic, with a cinematic portrayal of ruthless crime together with human feelings focusing on trust and betrayal. The film's extreme story checks out the characteristics of a classical heist plot, with an unanticipated twist of internal discord amongst the master wrongdoers.

The movie likewise stands as a testimony to Jim Brown's on-screen magnetism and adaptability, which brought him a Golden Globe election for many promising newbie. His representation of McClain, a lawbreaker who's both sophisticated and raw, included a distinct depth to the film.

"The Split" pushes past typical crime-drama boundaries while keeping its core elements undamaged, making it a stand-out movie in its category. The outstanding performances, particularly by Jim Brown and the surprise aspects, manage to effectively keep the audience on the edge of their seats till the very end. It is far more than just a normal break-in film; it's a story about trust, betrayal, and the desperate procedures individuals take when cornered.

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