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California Split ()


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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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Bill Denny
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Charlie Waters
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Barbara Miller
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Susan Peters
Edward Walsh ...
Lew
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Sparkie
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Helen Brown
Barbara London ...
Lady on the Bus
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Reno Barmaid
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Robber
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Lloyd Harris
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Receptionist
Vincent Palmieri ...
First Bartender (as Vince Palmieri)
Alyce Passman ...
Go-Go Girl
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Mother
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Second Bartender
Sierra Bandit ...
Woman at Bar
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Man at Bar
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Harvey
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Used Car Salesman
John Winston ...
Tenor
Bill Duffy ...
Kenny
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Reno Dealer (as Mike Greene)
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Nugie
Sharon Compton ...
Nugie's Wife
Arnold Herzstein ...
California Club Poker Player
Alvin Weissman ...
California Club Poker Player
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California Club Poker Player
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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
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Reno Poker Player
James Dan Calvert ...
Nugie's Son (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Altman

Written by

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Joseph Walsh ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Altman ... producer
Robert Eggenweiler ... associate producer
Leonard Goldberg ... executive producer
Aaron Spelling ... executive producer
Joseph Walsh ... producer

Cinematography by

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Paul Lohmann ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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O. Nicholas Brown
Lou Lombardo

Editorial Department

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Stephen Altman ... editorial assistant (as Stephen W. Altman)
Dennis M. Hill ... assistant editor (as Dennis Hill)
Tony Lombardo ... assistant editor
Marion Segal ... editorial assistant

Casting By

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Scott Bushnell

Art Direction by

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Leon Ericksen

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Sam J. Jones ... (as Sam Jones)

Makeup Department

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Joe DiBella ... makeup artist (as Joe Di Bella)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alan Rudolph ... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson ... assistant director

Art Department

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Jerry Graham ... property master
Paolo Rocco Innamorato ... first assistant art director (uncredited)
Bob McLing ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Bill Marky ... sound technician (uncredited)
John Vincent ... sound (uncredited)

Stunts

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Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Hugh McFarland ... costumer

Location Management

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Mark Martin ... location auditor (uncredited)
Vince Martinez ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Phyllis Shotwell ... music player / singer

Script and Continuity Department

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Carole Gister ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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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)

Additional Crew

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Jac Cashin ... assistant to producers (as Jac Cachin)
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)
Denyse Specktor ... Pre & post (uncredited)
Wanda Walsh ... caterer (uncredited)
Linn Zuckerman ... craft service (uncredited)

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Barbara Ruick ... dedicatee (as Barbara)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak." See more »
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Also Known As
  • Slide (United States)
  • Les flambeurs (France)
  • ジャックポット (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Full pott (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Racha de suerte (Uruguay)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia The film is dedicated to actress Barbara Ruick who appears in the movie as a barmaid and who died on location during the filming. The end title card memorializing this reads: "FOR BARBARA 1933-1973". See more »
Goofs Some of the balls hanging from Charlie's sombrero keep changing position throughout the scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Peg o' My Heart See more »
Quotes Bill Denny: Goddamnit, lady, you don't throw oranges on an escalator!
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