California Split (1974)

California Split (1974)
  • 5827
  • R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release year: 1974 ()
  • Running time: 108 min
  • Original Title: California Split
  • Voted: 5827

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.

1George SegalBill Denny
2Elliott GouldCharlie Waters
3Ann PrentissBarbara Miller
4Gwen WellesSusan Peters
  • by

    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.

  • by

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

  • by

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

  • by

    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.

  • by

    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.

1Paul Lohmanncinematographer
2Robert Altmandirector
3O. Nicholas Browneditor
4Lou Lombardoeditor
5Joseph Walshwriter