California Split (1974)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film, Addiction Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 7, 1974 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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 that even the big score may not be the answer to the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life. For Charlie, however, that's all there is.

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compulsion, gambling, friendship, poker, alcohol, casino, drinking-buddy, marriage