Shyamalan conceived the idea for Split years before he wrote the screenplay. He explained, "In this case, I had written the character a while ago, and I had written out a few scenes of it, so I even had dialogue written out, which is really unusual for me. It sat there for a long time, and I really don't have a clear reason why I didn't pull the trigger earlier. But this felt like the perfect time to do it, with the type of movies I'm doing now, and the type of tones I am interested in – humor and suspense."
- 1 West Dylan ThordsonOpening 1:34
- 2 West Dylan ThordsonWhat's Wrong With Barry? 2:52
- 3 West Dylan ThordsonDr. Fletcher In Philadelphia 1:35
- 4 West Dylan ThordsonA Way Out 3:01
- 5 West Dylan ThordsonDr. Fletcher and the World 2:01
- 6 West Dylan ThordsonWhat Are You Up To, Dennis? 1:14
- 7 West Dylan ThordsonCasey Tells the Truth 1:41
- 8 West Dylan ThordsonSomebody Save Us 2:00
- 9 West Dylan ThordsonLast Rites 3:20
- 10 West Dylan ThordsonI Know You Want To Tell Me Something 2:33
- 11 West Dylan ThordsonThere Are Things That Are Hard To Believe 3:08
- 12 West Dylan ThordsonI'm Really Sad You Feel This Way 2:53
- 13 West Dylan ThordsonArrival 2:09
- 14 West Dylan ThordsonMeeting the Others 3:39
- 15 West Dylan ThordsonThe Beast Is On the Move 3:10
- 16 West Dylan ThordsonDr. Fletcher's Death 1:42
- 17 West Dylan ThordsonCasey Meets the Beast 4:20
- 18 West Dylan ThordsonKevin Wendell Crumb 2:42
- 19 West Dylan ThordsonThe Standoff 3:24
- 20 West Dylan ThordsonThe Rise of the Beast 3:39
- 21 West Dylan ThordsonRejoice 3:19
- 22 West Dylan ThordsonThe Beast (Bonus Track) 3:50
|Runtime||1 hr 57 min|
|Budget||$9 000 000|
|Premiere: World||$278 454 417 January 9, 2017|
|USA||$138 291 365|
|Other countries||$140 163 052|
|Box Office – Budget||$269 454 417|
|Premiere: USA||$138 291 365 November 15, 2016|
|first day||$14 626 670|
|first weekend||$40 010 975|
|Digital: World||July 14, 2020|
|Parental Advisory||Frightening & Intense Scenes, Violence & Gore, ...|
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DescriptionThree 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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"Split" is a dark and impressive thriller that mixes realism, supernatural themes, superb acting by James McAvoy and lack of a worthy ending. It’s a pity that only 5-6 out of 23 personalities were shown, but it’s worth watching. Translated to English
Suddenly a great thriller. Although, in my opinion, the success of this film is provided primarily by McAvoy. He exudes magnetism here. Anya is also good, I fell in love with her. Of course, there were some stupid Shyamalan dialogues, and yet the film managed to win me over. Translated to English