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Split Image [1982]

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  • Actors: Michael O'Keefe, Karen Allen, Peter Fonda, James Woods, Elizabeth Ashley
  • Directors: Ted Kotcheff
  • Language: English
  • Studio: PolyGram Video
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000T7JRKI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A lost classic ! Before they worked together in Best Sellar, Brian Denehey and James Woods appeared together as father and cult deprogrammer. Michael O'Keefe has never been better, showing a huge range as he goes from skeptic, to 100% believer when he comes under the influence of Peter Fonda's cult leader. Torn between his love for fellower believer Karen Allen (feelings he's not supposed to have) and his loyalty to his new master, to his complete hatred towards his family after his conversion, O'keefe gives it everything ! Fonda is just mesmerizing as this modern day messiah - the parallels with sun myung moon are obvious, certainly life in the compound and members going out falsely collecting for charitable causes is right out of the Moonie handbook. Dehenhey, one of the most underated actors in hollywood is his usual bullish self and Woods is as volitile as ever - prepared to rip O'Keefe into pieces in order to return him to the person he was at the start of the film, something he ultimately fails to do as O'keefe wasn't in love with Karen Allen at that point. You won't ever see a better film about cults and deprogramming, the effects on the person turned and the families thrown aside as a result. Absolutely outstanding - catch it if you can before it dissapears forever !
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x927801d4) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e80e36c) out of 5 stars Wow! Talk about a reality check. 26 Aug. 2008
By MJM - Published on Amazon.com
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Although made in 1981 or so, this film still packs an emotional punch. Very creepy and sure to hit home. The film centers around a very nice upper middle class family whose oldest son, Danny, a college athlete, falls prey to a "cult". Now, I guess they're supposed to be "Jesus freaks", but truthfully, that cult was anything but "christian".
The thing that sticks out most with this film, I believe, is that it makes you feel like something like this can happen to any American family, in any town, city, or whatever. Danny, played superbly by Michael O'Keefe (Caddyshack), is an ordinary teenage college student with all the same emotions and feelings as anyone else. Not from a divorced household, no drugs, no abuse...just a plain young man, loved dearly and supported strongly by his parents. Although later in the film, one gets the feeling that, like most families, it's all not perfect. Then why would he give up his college education and promising athletic future to follow a guru and live on a commune? I believe that is what the directer and writers are trying to challenge us with. This young man was not dumb in anyway, or confused about his future...ah, but he did meet a girl who turned him on to "Homeland", the youth-oriented cult. So maybe this is what the directer is trying to explain to us. I get the feeling that this film was researched or taken from actual experience, because it's very convincing.
I myself, during my college years, was approached by a "cult" if you will...but, after a few meetings and get-togethers with them, I politely
declined, never to see them again. So, one wonders if these "cults" are targeting younger adults/children like most do? But then, why? Younger people certainly don't usually have a lot of money to give. And these are the questions that this film ponders and challenges us with.
Even when this film ends, and the credits roll, you get the feeling that it's not quite over.
Anyhow, this film is certainly worthy to stand up to the big Hollywood epics being shown now-a-days, that have no intellectual value, just junk food for the brain. I believe that this movie was way ahead of its time, and think that it should be shown along side any anti-drug film in health class. "Split Image" really is a wake up call.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7e4348) out of 5 stars More a plea than a review 16 April 2010
By kevnm - Published on Amazon.com
Here's one I'd love to see on DVD. With a little promotion this interesting film (and strong cast)could really find an audience. I'll be first in line.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ead6180) out of 5 stars Great Movie 10 Mar. 2011
By Roy S. Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great movie. I remember seeing it in the early 80's. Michael O'Keefe was great as Danny. The scenes where he (and others including Peter Fonda) speak in tounges was dead on. To see him get sucked in and wondering the whole time "what does he see in this cult" really draws you into the movie. The desparation from the parents was believable. James Woods as Pratt, the deprogramer kicked it into high gear. Woods defined his grizzled, hard core, come-on-too-strong character that served him so well in his career.

A great drama. It should be seen by every parent to help keep them from being lulled into complacency about where their kids are in life (no matter how seemingly perfect the family is) and where their relationships with them are.

I was enjoying the movie way back when, and then at the end (I won't give it away) I noticed a street scene in downtown Dallas. I was a Dallas Cop at the time and had no idea it was filmed in their area (a bonus for this Dallas boy, cause not a lot of filming in this area back then, Logan's Run and Robocop to name a couple of others). I had also become a Christian in '78 and attended a church for a bit that had a single leader who decided all the young men should live in a commune relationship in a rented house in East Dallas to separate themselves from non-believers. (Kirklander) I had just moved out on my own at the time and was about 18-19. When I refused to move in with them and didn't come back to the church, I was excommunicated from the (universal) church and told I wasn't a believer (sounds cultish I think). Anyway, they later rescended the excummunication when the leader was told he was wrong by someone he looked up to. (yea, I get to go to heaven after all) Anyway, parts of this film I can relate to on various levels for sure.

I've really been looking for it on DVD or Netflix but it's time to break down and get a copy, even if it's VHS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eaac60c) out of 5 stars Still a great film! 8 Aug. 2010
By Dr. Kurtis Strange - Published on Amazon.com
Loved it when it came out. Well written and Woods and the rest of the cast are excellent! Still holds up today and should be reissued on DVD!
HASH(0x8ebef2a0) out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE 22 Aug. 2014
By kathleen lowes - Published on Amazon.com
A lost classic ! Before they worked together in Best Sellar, Brian Denehey and James Woods beautifully played off each other as a father and cult deprogrammer opposite Michael O'Keefe as the one seduced and Peter Fonda as the one doing the seducing.
O'Keefe has never been better, showing a huge range as he goes from skeptic to 100% believer when he comes under the influence of Fonda's cult leader. Torn between his love for fellow believer Karen Allen (feelings he's not supposed to have) and his loyalty to his new master, to his complete hatred towards his family after his conversion, O'keefe gives it absolutely everything and one wonders why his acting career never went anywhere after this. Fonda himself is mesmerizing as this modern day messiah and the parallels with Sun Myung Moon and his 'Moonies' are obvious - life at the compound and members going out falsely collecting for charitable causes are right out of the Moonie handbook !
Brian Denehey, one of the most underated actors in hollywood is his usual bullish self and Woods is as volitile as ever, prepared to rip O'keefe into pieces in order to return him to the person he was at the beginning of the film - something he ultimately fails to do as O'keefe wasn't in love with Karen Allen at that point.
You won't ever see a better film about cults and deprogramming, the effects on the person turned and the families thrown aside as a result.
Absolutely outstanding - catch it before it dissapears forever !
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