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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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Trivia

During the meeting with the Japanese businessmen, David Staebler (Nicholson) refers to an experiment where a woman cohabitated with a dolphin in isolation for a couple of months. This is perhaps a reference to the 1965 Dolphin Point Laboratory experiment run by Dr. John C Lilly on St. Thomas Island. The name of the woman who volunteered to participate in the experiment is Margaret Howe and she was 23 years-old at the time of the experiment. See more »

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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

Jason Staebler: You notice how it's Monopoly out there? Remember Boardwalk, Park Place, Marvin Gardens?
David Staebler: Go directly to jail?
Jason Staebler: Well, that's me. Don't pass go, don't collect $200.
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The Columbia Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »


Soundtracks

Steppin' Out With My Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Heard when Jessica dances
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Great Cast, Quirky Treat
8 July 2000 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I can see how many might look at this film in the light of "Five Easy Pieces", considering the prior collaboration. But taken on its own merits, this piece is driven by the interesting, passionate, and sometimes manic performances by Nicholson, Dern and Burstyn. Julie Anne Robinson does a credible job in her only big screen credit, but this vehicle is driven by the big 3. If you are looking for meaning and logic from this film, you have come to the wrong place. But if you enjoy a voyeuristic peek into the lives of people who undoubtedly swirl around us daily, unnoticed, this one's for you! Plus the on location shots in "old" Atlantic City P.T. (pre-Trump) add murkiness to the angst we see. All in all, one you'll think about!


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