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California Split (1974)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 7 August 1974 (USA)
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
Joseph Walsh ...
Sparkie
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Helen Brown
Barbara London ...
Lady on the Bus
Barbara Ruick ...
Reno Barmaid
Jay Fletcher ...
Robber
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Lloyd Harris
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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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Initially set up at MGM with Steve McQueen attached as the lead. This soon changed when MGM started making ridiculous demands, including insisting that the script be a specified number of pages and that it should be set at the Circus Circus casino complex in Las Vegas - which MGM owned. They also wanted the film to have a Mafia subplot and to have a role for Dean Martin. 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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Charlie Waters: The tongue of the great blue whale weighs more than a full-grown African elephant.
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References The Cincinnati Kid (1965) See more »

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Written by Gus Kahn and Egbert Van Alstyne
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The best film ever about gambling
13 June 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Of all Robert Altman's films, this one is the best, in my mind. Meaning it stood out the most for me and it still feels so fresh after all this time, like most of Altman's films anyway.

Even if you don't care for this director's films, watch it just for the marvelous chemistry between George Segal and Elliott Gould, two outstanding actors, and for those who want to see how real improvisation is done, watch closely how Elliott Gould does it in this movie, I guarantee you've never seen anything like it before or since. I was shaking my head in amazement at such talent, wow!

An enjoyable film, funny as hell, but pitiful, too.


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