- Cult Classic: Regarded by gambling enthusiasts (especially poker players) as one of the most realistic film depictions of their pastime.
- Fair for Its Day: Helen Brown's crossdressing is Played for Laughs but he isn't personally demeaned all that much.
- One-Scene Wonder: Many characters pop in and out of the story, but the foul-mouthed woman who Bill sits by at the bar and Barbara Ruick as the friendly barmaid at the big Reno poker game stand out, and of course Robert Altman veteran Bert Remsen as Helen Brown.
- Retroactive Recognition: Jeff Goldblum, in a very early and very brief role as Bill's boss at the magazine. Thankfully he lost the acne soon after.
YMMV / California Split