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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Prentiss ...
Barbara Miller
Gwen Welles ...
Susan Peters
Edward Walsh ...
Joseph Walsh ...
Helen Brown
Barbara London ...
Lady on the Bus
Barbara Ruick ...
Reno Barmaid
Jay Fletcher ...
Lloyd Harris
Vincent Palmieri ...
First Bartender (as Vince Palmieri)
Alyce Passman ...
Go-Go Girl
Joanne Strauss ...


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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A number of the extras and background artists were members of Synanon which is organization for former drug addicts. See more »


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


Bill Denny: Goddamnit, lady, you don't throw oranges on an escalator!
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You're an Old Smoothie
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
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some true things about gambling
26 April 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Now I really thinks that this is an amazing good movie. Amazing both for the story and for the actors: they produce a common effort in saying some real true things about gambling. Great directing, too, and great places to shoot the story (how clever to choose the depressing Reno instead of Las Vegas! Atlantic City would have been a good choice, too). Gambling is what people do when they have anything else left to do. Gambling is all about losing, feeling sad, and loneliness. And it's the same if you win or if you lose, no difference. Other films usually show winners, when they solves their common life problems through gambling, or losers, when they ruin their own common life trough gambling. What is shown by California Split is that, if you are a gambler, then there's no space for anything else, say life, love, or hope. And that's both for winners and for losers.

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