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California Split (1974)

 -  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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Bill Denny
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Charlie Waters
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Barbara Miller
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Susan Peters
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Alyce Passman ...
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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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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 »

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Sly under-rated early Altman!
12 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I worked on the set of this one and it was a wonderful experience. This gambling tale is light and sad with ensemble acting all around. George Segal (always good) and Elliott Gould (sometimes good) make a great team of "losers" who just can't resist their addiction. Bert Remsen has a great supporting role, along with Ann Prentiss and Gwen Welles - ditzy hookers.

An 8 out of 10. Best performance = Mr. Segal. I don't think this made a dime unfortunately. A must for all Robert Altman fans. I'm sure this is available now on DVD, so seek it out for an American tale that never quite spins out of control. You won't regret it.


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