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California Split (1974)

R | | Comedy, Drama | August 1974 (USA)
When a casual gambler befriends a professional one, he begins to mirror his life, sending both deeper into the sleazy gambling world where the stakes keep getting bigger.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Denny
... Charlie Waters
Ann Prentiss ... Barbara Miller
... Susan Peters
Edward Walsh ... Lew
... Sparkie
... Helen Brown
Barbara London ... Lady on the Bus
... Reno Barmaid
Jay Fletcher ... Robber
... Lloyd Harris
... Receptionist
Vincent Palmieri ... First Bartender (as Vince Palmieri)
Alyce Passman ... Go-Go Girl
Joanne Strauss ... Mother
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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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Trivia

Steve McQueen was originally cast as Charlie Waters but left the role over creative differences involving the script. See more »

Goofs

Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more »

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Charlie Waters: El busto! Tapioca time.
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: The Big Tap-Out (1977) See more »

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Mean To Me
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Written by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk
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The best film ever about gambling
13 June 2002 | by 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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