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California Split (1974)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 August 1974 (USA)
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A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of ... See full summary »

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Ann Prentiss ...
Barbara Miller
Gwen Welles ...
Susan Peters
Edward Walsh ...
Lew
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Sparkie
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Helen Brown
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Lady on the Bus
Barbara Ruick ...
Reno Barmaid
Jay Fletcher ...
Robber
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Lloyd Harris
Barbara Colby ...
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Vincent Palmieri ...
First Bartender (as Vince Palmieri)
Alyce Passman ...
Go-Go Girl
Joanne Strauss ...
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A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his possessions and goes to Reno for the poker game of a lifetime. A film set mainly in casinos and races, as the two win and lose (but mainly win), get robbed, and get blind drunk. Written by David B-2

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California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak."

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The screenplay is based on struggling actor Joseph Walsh's own problems with gambling addiction. See more »

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Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more »

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Marvelous: funny, touching, unpredictable
1 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing some of the so-called "best" films of 2004, what a treat to watch this touching, funny, completely unpredictable film. One of Altman's very best--certainly one of Gould's and Segal's very best performances. It's also the last screen appearance of the enchanting Barbara Ruick (whose best known performance was as Carrie in the movie version of Carousel--she sings the song about "Mr. Snow"--she was married to film composer John Williams)--she plays the delightful barmaid in the Reno gambling joint, and Altman dedicates the film to her. The characters--even the ones who appear very briefly--are so fleshed out, they are completely believable. Altman takes the genre of the gambling movie, in which there usually can be only a happy ending or a sad one, and completely explodes it. I wish Clint Eastwood had watched it before he tried to do a boxing movie, which has the same generic problem.


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