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
California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak."
Did You Know?
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
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Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more
Come on, Valdez! Come on, Valdez!
Valdez is the jockey!
You're an Old Smoothie
Music by Richard A. Whiting
and Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva See more