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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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A number of the extras and background artists were members of Synanon which is organization for former drug addicts. See more »

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

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Bill Denny: Come on, Valdez! Come on, Valdez!
Charlie Waters: Who's Valdez?
Bill Denny: Valdez is the jockey!
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
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Written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey
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Sly under-rated early Altman!
12 December 2004 | by 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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