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?
According to Elliott Gould
, the character of Bill Denny is loosely based on himself and Charlie Waters is based on screenwriter Joseph Walsh
. Gould and Walsh were once roommates. Charlie is named after Walsh's brother of the same name. See more
Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more
You're an Old Smoothie
Music by Richard A. Whiting
and Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva See more