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George Segal Tribute
We are excited to add these entertaining films to this year’s roster in honor of the talented and innately likable actor George Segal, who passed away in March. Perhaps best remembered for his Oscar-nominated dramatic role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Segal became a familiar comic actor in film and on television, with many notable film roles to his credit. “I’m like a cork in the water, aren’t I?” Segal observed in 1998. “I keep bobbing up in all sorts of places, although I never know in advance where or when.”
Considered by some to be the greatest gambling film of all time, California Split is the funny, gritty story of some boisterous gambling buddies (George Segal and Elliot Gould) on a binge. As the two plunge deeper and deeper into the sleazy world of casinos, poker circles, and racetracks in search of a big payday, the stakes get higher and higher. The two actors are wonderful together as they win and lose (mostly win), and crack wise in this enjoyable film that is “dense with fine, idiosyncratic detail” (New York Times).