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Directed by Robert Altman

United States 1974 108 mins. In English

Pro gambler Charlie (Elliot Gould) and novice Bill (George Segal) form a unique bond in Robert Altman’s New Hollywood ode to smoky casino rooms and the desperate men that populate them. Made around the same time as Altman’s anti-noir The Long Goodbye, this contemporary gambling film packs a gut-punch of pathos through its depiction of the friendship between men with little in common, other than a taste for cheap thrills and high stakes.

Genres: Comedy, Drama



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