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California Split(1974)

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  • california split

    • kevin sellers
    • 10/16/18

    Like the vast majority of Altman films it veers from powerful (a visceral feel for the tawdry) to tiresome (repetitive gambling scenes) to downright offensive (a scene, played for laughs, where a transgender person is cruelly teased). Also, the ending, where William too suddenly Sees The Light and decides to "split" from toxic Charlie, does not work. However, as is also typical of this director, there is some damn fine acting, especially from Gould who delivers one of the better takes on manic hostility that you're likely to see on film. Give it a B. P.S. Memo to screenwriter Joseph Walsh: Hookers with average intelligence do not generally read Durrell.

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    • a.morris
    • 5/16/18

    once upon a time..i walked one evening to a cinema. when I got there ..I asked the person behind the ticket booth for a ticket for glengary /glenross. they gave me a look and said that might be a bad idea. all they do in that movie is talk. I got a ticket for the movie under siege instead. after I did that..i felt stupid because I was talked out of seeing a movie based on conversation. since then..i have tried to be more open to some stories with just conversation. I will not say everyone will like this story. I can tell you it is not the worst altman story. just check out a review of popeye by gene schallit for that proof.

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    • william gauslow
    • 1/8/13

    Overlapping dialogue is successful in MASH. Not here, yet can't imagine this movie without the background noise. This is another tune up for Nashville. Can't help but believe that gambling is the cause for middle class poverty in 2012.

  • California Split (1974)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 9/27/09

    A bit too scattered, and there are some downright boring stretches. Decent cast, but it just lacks focus. A little too talky at times as well. Still, some great scenes here and there.

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