California Split (1974) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (2338 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corporation [us]
Spelling Goldberg
Won World

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 7 August 1974
(France) - 12 February 1975
(Sweden) - 13 February 1975
(Finland) - 21 March 1975
(Denmark) - 27 June 1975

Running Time

California Split ... being the story of two bet-on-anything guys who happily discover something called a "winning streak."

assault, bar, broken-nose, bus, card-club, card-playing, casino, craps, female-nudity, fight, friendship, gambling, gambling-debt, gay-slur, los-angeles-california, magazine, mugging, poker, poker-player, practical-joke, racetrack, reno-nevada, restaurant, restroom, roulette,

Technical Support
MET:2980 m - (Finland) (1975)
OFM:35 mm
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Calvert, James Dan as (uncredited) [Nugie's Son]
  2. Cavell, Marc as [California Club Poker Player] <28>
  3. Considine, John (I) as [Man at Bar] <18>
  4. Drackett, Harry as [Reno Poker Player] <32>
  5. Duffy, Bill (I) as [Kenny] <22>
  6. Fletcher, Jay (I) as [Robber] <10>
  7. Goldblum, Jeff as [Lloyd Harris] <11>
  8. Gould, Elliott as [Charlie Waters] <2>
  9. Greene, Michael (I) as (as Mike Greene) [Reno Dealer] <23>
  10. Herzstein, Arnold as [California Club Poker Player] <26>
  11. Hodder, Kane (I) as [Reno Poker Player]
  12. Hood, A.J. as [Reno Poker Player] <36>
  13. Kennedy, Richard (I) as [Used Car Salesman] <20>
  14. Lee, Winston (II) as [Reno Poker Player] <34>
  15. Palmieri, Vincent (I) as (as Vince Palmieri) [First Bartender] <13>
  16. Phillips, Thomas Hal as [Reno Poker Player] <35>
  17. Preston, Amarillo Slim as [Reno Poker Player] <31>
  18. Remsen, Bert as [Helen Brown] <7>
  19. Riley, Jack (II) as [Second Bartender] <16>
  20. Say, Ted as [Reno Poker Player] <33>
  21. Segal, George (I) as [Bill Denny] <1>
  22. Signorelli, Tom as [Nugie] <24>
  23. Troobnick, Eugene as [Harvey] <19>
  24. Walsh, Edward (I) as [Lew] <5>
  25. Walsh, Joseph (I) as [Sparkie] <6>
  26. Weissman, Alvin as [California Club Poker Player] <27>
  27. Winston, John (I) as [Tenor] <21>
  28. Bandit, Sierra as [Woman at Bar] <17>
  29. Colby, Barbara as [Receptionist] <12>
  30. Compton, Sharon as [Nugie's Wife] <25>
  31. Fox, Mickey as [California Club Poker Player] <29>
  32. Lohmann, Carolyn as [California Club Poker Player] <30>
  33. London, Barbara as [Lady on the Bus] <8>
  34. Passman, Alyce as [Go-Go Girl] <14>
  35. Prentiss, Ann as [Barbara Miller] <3>
  36. Ruick, Barbara as [Reno Barmaid] <9>
  37. Strauss, Joanne as [Mother] <15>
  38. Welles, Gwen as [Susan Peters] <4>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama

Full Plot

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. David B-2 Bill Denny and Charlie Waters meet when they are both on the same end of a fellow gambler's wrath at a Southern California gambling club. Bill is a casual gambler who has a full time job as a magazine writer, whereas Charlie is a small-time career gambler, with the moxie to match his need to portray himself as the winner specifically to those at his poker table. As Bill and Charlie spend more time together, Bill begins to want to emulate Charlie's life, including hanging out with Charlie's prostitute friends, Barbara Miller, but most specifically Susan Peters. Bill even goes into debt to his loan shark as he gambles more. Regardless, Bill and Charlie try to raise enough cash to take a trip to Reno with the goal for Bill to win some money at among others a high stakes poker game, but more importantly to get the gambler's fix associated with winning big. Huggo Plot not found

Movie Certificate

14+ (Canada)(Ontario)
K-16 (Finland)
15 (Norway)
15 (Sweden)


  1. Lohmann, Paul (director of photography)


American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1976) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
Columbia Pictures [us] - (1974) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner-Columbia Films [fi] - (1975) (Finland) (theatrical)


  1. Beasley, Noreen (assistant: Dan Perri) (uncredited)
  2. Cashin, Jac (assistant to producers) (as Jac Cachin)
  3. Eggenweiler, Mark (production assistant) (uncredited)
  4. Gister, Carole (script supervisor)
  5. Gruss, Regina (unit publicist)
  6. Marshall, Kelly (I) (production coordinator)
  7. Martin, Mark (II) (location auditor) (uncredited)
  8. Martinez, Vince (I) (location auditor) (uncredited)
  9. Perri, Dan (I) (title designer)


Bill Denny: Goddamnit, lady, you don't throw oranges on an escalator! Bill Denny: Dumbo flew. Bill Denny: Everybody's named Barbara. Bill Denny: Come on, Valdez! Come on, Valdez! Charlie Waters: Who's Valdez? Bill Denny: Valdez is the jockey! Charlie Waters: If it takes a watermelon five minutes to water. How long does it take a sweetpea to pee? As long as it takes a pair of dice to crap. Charlie Waters: El busto! Tapioca time. Charlie Waters: The tongue of the great blue whale weighs more than a full-grown African elephant.

Other Titles

  1. California poker (1974) (ENG)

  2. Jackpot! (1974) (ENG)

  3. Slide (1974) (ENG)
    (USA) (original script title)

  4. California poker (1974) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Los Angeles, California, USA
  2. Interstate 80, Nevada, USA
  3. Mapes Hotel and Casino - 10 N. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, USA
  4. Reno, Nevada, USA


- First non-Cinerama movie to use eight-channel recording of dialog on the set.

- 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) was originally going to direct.

- 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv) discovered 'Jeff Goldblum' (qv) in a play in New York called "El Grande Coca-Cola" and cast him in the film.

- The original ending actually spilled outside the casino. Bill leaves Charlie and hails a cab when Charlie suddenly comes out and decides to go with him so as to prove that he can walk away from gambling. However, a couple of people climb out of the waiting cab and ask Charlie how the action is, and he is drawn right back in and thus Bill leaves alone.

- The film is dedicated to actress Barbara Ruick, who appears in the movie as a barmaid, and who died during the filming.

- Professional card players were used in the background of the opening scene when Charlie Waters is accused of cheating at the table.

- In the office scene after the seat switch on the bus, the outer office manager mentions getting in touch with 'Jerry Weintraub (I)' (qv). Weintraub is an actor and director.

- To make 'George Segal (I)' (qv) feel the pain of losing, the director and writer set him up in a game against actual