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California Split -- A young magazine writer and a professional gambler embark on a series of betting adventures. GeorgeSegal and Elliott Gould are both excellent as compulsive gamblers and several real gamesmen play themselves. Ann Prentiss plays Barbara Miller.

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Writer:
Joseph Walsh (written by)
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Release Date:
7 August 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak."
Plot:
A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(41 articles)
Daily | Altman and Nashville
 (From Keyframe. 11 June 2015, 12:40 PM, PDT)

Interviews: Two More Filmmakers at 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival
 (From HollywoodChicago.com. 11 May 2015, 12:58 PM, PDT)

Why 1974 was the best year in film history
 (From Hitfix. 29 April 2015, 11:00 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Segal ... Bill Denny

Elliott Gould ... Charlie Waters
Ann Prentiss ... Barbara Miller
Gwen Welles ... Susan Peters
Edward Walsh ... Lew
Joseph Walsh ... Sparkie

Bert Remsen ... Helen Brown
Barbara London ... Lady on the Bus
Barbara Ruick ... Reno Barmaid
Jay Fletcher ... Robber

Jeff Goldblum ... Lloyd Harris
Barbara Colby ... Receptionist
Vincent Palmieri ... First Bartender (as Vince Palmieri)
Alyce Passman ... Go-Go Girl
Joanne Strauss ... Mother

Jack Riley ... Second Bartender
Sierra Bandit ... Woman at Bar

John Considine ... Man at Bar
Eugene Troobnick ... Harvey
Richard Kennedy ... Used Car Salesman
John Winston ... Tenor
Bill Duffy ... Kenny
Michael Greene ... Reno Dealer (as Mike Greene)
Tom Signorelli ... Nugie
Sharon Compton ... Nugie's Wife
Arnold Herzstein ... California Club Poker Player
Alvin Weissman ... California Club Poker Player
Marc Cavell ... California Club Poker Player
Mickey Fox ... California Club Poker Player
Carolyn Lohmann ... California Club Poker Player
'Amarillo Slim' Preston ... Reno Poker Player
Harry Drackett ... Reno Poker Player
Ted Say ... Reno Poker Player
Winston Lee ... Reno Poker Player
Thomas Hal Phillips ... Reno Poker Player
A.J. Hood ... Reno Poker Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kane Hodder ... Reno Poker Player
James Dan Calvert ... Nugie's Son (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Walsh (written by)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer
Joseph Walsh .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Lou Lombardo 
 
Casting by
Scott Bushnell 
 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam J. Jones  (as Sam Jones)
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (as Joe Di Bella)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Rudolph .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerry Graham .... property master
Paolo Rocco Innamorato .... first assistant art director (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Randy Kelley .... assistant sound editor
Chris McLaughlin .... sound crew
Richard Portman .... dubbing mixer
Kay Rose .... sound editor
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
George Wycoff .... sound crew
Jacob Hochman .... cable person (uncredited)
Bill Marky .... sound technician (uncredited)
John Vincent .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Colean .... assistant camera (as Richard Colean)
Tom Doherty .... grip
Ron Frantzvog .... assistant camera
Randy Glass .... electrical gaffer
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Edward Koons)
Eddie Lara .... grip
Harry Rez .... grip
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... unit photographer (uncredited)
Fred Chaparro .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Al Goelz .... generator operator (uncredited)
J. Michael Marlett .... best boy (uncredited)
John Stadler .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hugh McFarland .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Altman .... editorial assistant (as Stephen W. Altman)
Dennis M. Hill .... assistant editor (as Dennis Hill)
Tony Lombardo .... assistant editor
Marion Segal .... editorial assistant
 
Music Department
Phyllis Shotwell .... music player
Phyllis Shotwell .... singer
 
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... driver (uncredited)
Gene Clinesmith .... driver (uncredited)
James Davis .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Jimenez .... driver (uncredited)
James Marett .... driver (uncredited)
Craig Pinkard .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jac Cashin .... assistant to producers (as Jac Cachin)
Carole Gister .... script supervisor
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Kelly Marshall .... production coordinator
Dan Perri .... title designer
Sue Barton .... company secretary (uncredited)
Noreen Beasley .... assistant: Dan Perri (uncredited)
Elaine Di Bello Bradish .... production secretary (uncredited)
Mark Eggenweiler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Don Everman .... first aid (uncredited)
Christina Gladwin .... company secretary (uncredited)
Mark Martin .... location auditor (uncredited)
Vince Martinez .... location auditor (uncredited)
Wanda Walsh .... caterer (uncredited)
Linn Zuckerman .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Barbara Ruick .... dedicatee (as Barbara)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
'Joseph Walsh' took his script to Universal after MGM's demands got out of hand as he had an understanding with producers 'Daryl F. Zanuck' and David Brown. At this stage, Walsh's co-writer Steven Spielberg had moved on.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie Waters:If it takes a watermelon five minutes to water. How long does it take a sweetpea to pee? As long as it takes a pair of dice to crap.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Cincinnati Kid (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
You're an Old SmoothieSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
some true things about gambling, 26 April 2005
Author: Iwould from Italy

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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