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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

 -  Drama  -  12 October 1972 (USA)
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'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is also a dreamer ... See full summary »

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Julia Anne Robinson ...
Jessica
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Lewis (as Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers)
Charles LaVine ...
Grandfather
Arnold Williams ...
Rosko
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Surtees (as John Ryan)
Sully Boyar ...
Lebowitz
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Frank
William Pabst ...
Bidlack
Garry Goodrow ...
Nervous Man (as Gary Goodrow)
Imogene Bliss ...
Magda
Ann Thomas ...
Bambi
Tom Overton ...
Spot Operator
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'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is also a dreamer who asks his brother, David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island - asking him to believe in yet another of his dreams, yet another of his get-rich-quick schemes. But luck is against them both and the game ends badly - real life reduced to radio drama. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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The Philosopher King  »

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The original script had an optimistic coda hinting that Jessica and David might wind up happily together, but Jack Nicholson couldn't get any chemistry going and neither could Bob Rafelson. See more »

Goofs

David listens to tape recording he made but during close-up of tape recorder, none of the buttons that would allow it to play are depressed. See more »

Quotes

Jessica: What's going on?
David Staebler: Your mother's gonna murder one of us. So far the only one she hasn't nominated is you.
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The Columbia Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »


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Here She Come, Miss America
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Written by Bernie Wayne
Performed by Jack Nicholson
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Think of it again, please
15 July 2000 | by (Sassari, Italy) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised some reviewers did not like this absolute masterpiece. I think it is their right, but I would suggest that they had another careful look at it. How can you not admire ALL the players, especially Burstyn? How can one not be overdrawn by the mysteriousness of the story? How can you not appreciate Laszlo Kovacs' photography, his use of colors in a sad and decadent Atlantic City? Trust me, my friends: try it again! This film holds second place (right after Altman's "Short Cuts") in my personal board of the best movies of all the times.


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