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Encyclopedia > California Split
California Split

California Split movie poster
Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by Joseph Walsh
Robert Altman
Written by Joseph Walsh
Starring George Segal
Elliott Gould
Ann Prentiss
Gwen Welles
Music by Phyllis Shotwell (uncredited)
Cinematography Paul Lohmann
Editing by O. Nicholas Brown
Lou Lombardo
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Released August 7, 1974 (U.S. release)
Running time 108 min
Language English
IMDb profile

California Split is a 1974 film directed by Robert Altman and starring Elliott Gould and George Segal as a pair of gamblers. Filmmaker Robert Altman on the set of The Gingerbread Man. ... Filmmaker Robert Altman on the set of The Gingerbread Man. ... George Segal George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is a well-known Jewish American film and stage actor who was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. ... Elliott Gould Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein on August 29, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York), a graduate of the Professional Childrens School, was one of the most prominent American film actors in the early 1970s, best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altmans satirical 1970 film MASH... Ann Prentiss (born 1941) is a United States actress, born in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Columbia Pictures logo, since 1996. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Filmmaker Robert Altman on the set of The Gingerbread Man. ... Elliott Gould Elliott Gould (born Elliott Goldstein on August 29, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York), a graduate of the Professional Childrens School, was one of the most prominent American film actors in the early 1970s, best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altmans satirical 1970 film MASH... George Segal George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is a well-known Jewish American film and stage actor who was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. ...


The film is less concerned with plot than behavior as we watch the friendship between Bill (Segal) and Charlie (Gould) develop over a mutual love of gambling. Charlie is a wisecracking joker and experienced gambler constantly looking for the next score. Initially, Bill isn’t as committed a gambler (he works at a magazine during the day) but he’s on his way. As the film progresses and the two men hang out more, Bill starts to become more addicted to the gambling lifestyle.


The DVD

Sony/Columbia released Altman's film on DVD in 2005 but due to music rights problems they had to remove almost three minutes of footage and make several soundtrack alterations. These include:

  • A 32-second shot of Bill scat singing while Charlie informs him that "I love to play poker with those redneck fish. Y'now, who think they're Nick the Greek. Love to get 'em steamed. Easy to beat. Suckers."
  • A scene showing Bill and Charlie at the racetrack that ends as Charlie says "Let's go see a man about a horse" and goes on for eight seconds longer as they walk off singing together.
  • Bill singing "Happy Birthday to You" to Barbara (Prentis).
  • As Bill enters the strip club where a poker game is taking place, a basketball-themed cartoon is playing on a television with the song, "Basketball Joe" accompanying it.
  • Two Phyllis Shotwell songs - "Goin' to Kansas City" and "Me and My Shadow" are played on the soundtrack during Bill and Charlie's journey to Reno and have now been replaced with an instrumental piece.
  • A scene where Charlie walks away from a poker table while Phyllis Shotwell singing "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" plays on the soundtrack. This has been replaced with her rendition of "The Lonesome Road."
  • A scene that showed Phyllis Shotwell behind a piano singing "Georgia On My Mind."

Trivia

  • First movie to use eight-track stereo sound.
  • Steven Spielberg was originally going to direct.
  • Robert Altman discovered Jeff Goldblum 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.

Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946) is a Jewish American film director. ... Goldblum, in a scene with Kim Thomson from the 1989 film The Tall Guy. ...

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