The Split

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This article is about the 1968 crime film. For the 1959 horror film, see The Manster. For other uses, see Split (disambiguation).
The Split
Directed by Gordon Flemyng
Written by Donald E. Westlake (novel)
Robert Sabaroff
Release date(s) October 1968
Running time 91 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

The Split is a 1968 film directed by Gordon Flemyng and written by Robert Sabaroff based upon the Parker novel The Seventh by Donald E. Westlake.

Plot synopsis[edit]

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.

The heist has been masterminded by a man named McClain and his partner, Gladys. In choosing their accomplices carefully, McClain challenges getaway driver Harry Kifka to a race, picks a fight with thug Bert Clinger and has a shooting match with marksman Dave Negli before pulling off the job.

Together, the thieves make off with $500,000. McClain stashes the money with Ellie, his estranged wife. While his partners impatiently await their split of the loot, Lt. Walter Brill takes charge of the case. Ellie is attacked and killed by Herb Sutro, her landlord, who steals the money as well.

McClain and the gang accuse each other of taking the money, leading to a confrontation that ends with the apparent death of Negli and Gladys--but it's actually Brill who has the loot. He and McClain decide to divide it up between themselves, but the rest of McClain's gang has other ideas. After a shoot-out at the docks, only McClain and Brill are left--Brill decides to take a small part of the loot, giving McClain his rightful sixth, and plans to return the rest to win a promotion. McClain, with his money, is about to board a flight out of town, when he hears a woman--possibly Gladys--calling his name. He turns around......


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