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California Split (1974)

R | | Comedy, Drama | August 1974 (USA)
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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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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After being housed at various different studios, the script ended up being produced by Columbia with Robert Altman on board as director. Altman loved Joseph Walsh's script but was also known for heavily tinkering with screenplays. He and Walsh had some very volatile meetings over changes as Walsh was heavily opposed to making any alterations to his script. 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: Goddamnit, lady, you don't throw oranges on an escalator!
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
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Written by James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan and Larry Stock
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The compulsive gambler seen through Altman's dark glass
1 October 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Why California Split remains among the most obscure of Robert Altman's extraordinary 1970s oeuvre is a mystery. Its stars -- Elliot Gould and George Segal -- were at the top of their form, free and comfortable working in Altman's off-the-cuff, low-key style. Its supporting cast -- Ann Prentiss, Gwen Welles and especially Bert Remsen, as the cross-dressing old jane "Helen Brown," -- is memorable. And its full gallery of extras (many drawn from the therapeutic community Synanon) populate a surreal gambling netherworld in California and Nevada. Altman is working in highest gear with the layered, semi-improvised and alluringly murky style he pioneered. As in Altman's best work, the story just sort of happens, without much distinction between foreground and backdrop, principal characters and walk-ons. Lacking the rigid and didactic "dramaturgy" of its competitors, California Split endures as one of the most probing examinations of the soul and psyche of the abnormal gambler ever filmed.


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