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California Split (1974)

California Split

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The most narratively loose of Robert Altman's '70s films, California Split details the haphazard lives of two compulsive gamblers searching for that ever-elusive big score. Newly single and soon-to-be-unemployed Bill (George Segal) joins live-wire pal Charlie (Elliott Gould), as the pair moves from Fruit Loops with Charlie's hooker roommates Sue (Gwen Welles) and Barbara (Ann Prentiss) to bets on horses, backroom card games, boxing, and basketball. They make it to Reno, but Bill comes to realize … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Walsh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2004
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast


as Bill Denny

as Charlie Waters

as Barbara Miller

as Susan Peters

as Sparkie

as Helen Brown

as First Bartender

as Lady on Bus

as Reno Barmaid

as Lloyd Harris

as Receptionist

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Go-Go Girl

as Woman at Bar

as Man at Bar

as Used Car Salesman

as Reno Dealer

as Nugie's Wife

as California Club Poke...

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as California Club Poke...

as California Club Poke...

as California Club Poke...

as Reno Poker Player

as Reno Poker Player

as Reno Poker Player

as Reno Poker Player

as Reno Poker Player

as Reno Poker Player
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Critic Reviews for California Split

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

California Split has never been heralded as one of the key Altmans. But the few things it does - friendship and disappointment and the drab and desperate thrill of the gambler's life - it does superbly.

Full Review… | December 9, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Sold as a comedy, the film scans more like American-century Dostoyevsky, with comp cocktails.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film is technically and physically handsome, all the more so for being mostly location work, but lacks a cohesive and reinforced sense of story direction.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Altman feels rather than thinks his way into a subject, with a special interest in how people relate to one another in moments of crisis.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A fascinating, vivid movie, not quite comparable to any other movie that I can immediately think of. Nor is it easily categorized.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for California Split

½

Ultimate Altman?

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brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

Altman's hilarious look at compulsive gambling is perhaps his most underrated film.

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Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

An amusing and completely uncategorizable film that captures the mood of its period, an atmosphere long gone by now where the low life and unstable compulsive gamblers round up looking for little green papers to pass through the week or more hopefully to heal their wounds. As some other works by its director, it feels over talky, anarchic, scattered, erratic, but he always gets the best out of his cast, giving them time to improvise and take it to the wildest, in the case of Elliot Gould. He and George Segal were perfect for the job, the chemistry is real, un rehearsed. Although the story doesn't take much chances, the reliance on its actors' charm is what makes it quite enjoyable.

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pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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