Guns Girls and Gambling

Guns Girls and Gambling Guns Girls and Gambling is a 2012 American thriller/action comedy film written and directed by Michael Winnick. It also features an ensemble cast which includes Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Helena Mattison and many more well-known actors and actresses.

Guns, Girls, and Gambling is about an Apache war mask stolen from an Indian Casino which sees a group of criminals descending on the small town in the hope of claiming the stolen artefact. It’s filled with Elvis impersonators, a Blonde assassin who prefers women to men and many other seedy characters in this outrageous action comedy about greed and revenge.

The Main Story

John Smith is the main character and played by Christian Slater. He stops off at a Native American Casino. After being robbed of his wallet and losing all his money in a Texas Hold ’em Poker game he decides to enter an Elvis impersonation competition.

He loses the competition but then proceeds to play cards with four other Elvis Impersonators who won all his money off him. After the game, he falls asleep and is woken by security guards who think he stole a priceless ancient Native American mask.

Witnesses said they saw an Elvis Impersonator steal the mask, so John becomes the prime suspect. 2 security guards don’t believe John took it, but they decide to kill him anyway, while they hunt for the real suspect. The Casino Owner offers a $1,000,000 reward for the return of the mask. The movie goes through John’s pursuit, with many people joining in on the search to get the reward money.

The Ending

The movie is full of twists and turns, and in the end, John manages to steal the mask and returns it to the native tribe that the casino owner had initially stolen it from.

California Split

California Split California Split is a gambling movie released in 1974. It focuses on the harsh reality of gambling addictions highlighting how friendships are formed and then destroyed. Directed by Robert Altman and stars a pair of gamblers played by George Segal and Elliot Gould.

The Main Story

In California Split, a friendship develops between Bill Denny (George Segal) and Charlie Waters (Elliot Gould) and its due to their love of gambling. Charlie is the experienced gambler who is continuously looking for the next score, whereas Bill works at a magazine and is initially not as committed to gambling; however, that is all about to change.

The friendship develops when the 2 of them are playing a poker game at a casino, and a fellow poker player accuses them of cheating. The Poker player was angry as he felt the pair of them conspired with each other, and thus cheated. However, at this point, they were not even friends.

However, a friendship soon develops, and they start playing the tables at casinos together. During this time, Bill becomes more addicted to gambling and gets himself into debt with a bookie. He starts selling off his possessions to fund a gambling trip to Reno where the pair of them pool their bankroll to stake Bill in a poker game against the world champion Amarillo Slim. During the game, Bill wins $18000 and from there on out he is on a winning streak and wins more money on Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.

The Ending

California Splits ends when Charlie the free-spirited professional gambler tells Bill he is quitting after his winning streak in Reno. It’s somewhat ironic seeing as Bill a once casual gambler mirrored Charlie’s life, lost everything and eventually left to his own devices and an addiction he cannot curb.

Eight Men Out

Eight Men Out Eight Men Out is a 1988 American sports film based on the 1963 book written by Eliot Asinof’s called Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. It was written and directed by John Sayles with the main actor being John Cusack. Most of the movie was filmed at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Main Story

Eight Men Out is a drama about the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 where eight players from the Chicago White Sox go on trial on conspiracy charges. The charges were for conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series intentionally.

The team is set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series and are at odds with the team’s owner regarding their low earnings despite its popularity and reaching the World Series.

Next, a group of professional gamblers offers the team’s top eight players a fortune to throw the Series. The team accept the offer due to their terrible pay and harsh conditions. However, this resulted in them betraying their fans and the game, leaving a lasting impact on the professional sport.

The Ending

In the end, Cincinnati Reds wins the Series and an investigation begins into the Series’s possible fixing. In 1920, Cicotte and Jackson ( the two main team members ) admitted that a fix existed and all eight men stand trial. The team was eventually acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, the Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans the eight men for life. He felt that they had either intentionally lost the game or knew about the fix and didn’t report it to the team’s officials.

Eight Men Out is more than a gambling movie about baseball as it has a fascinating storyline highlighting a clash between big businesses interests, athletes and the media.