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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

R | | Drama | 26 April 1973 (France)
'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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Trivia

This was actress Julia Anne Robinson's only major film role as she died tragically in an apartment fire two years after its release. 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

[first lines]
David Staebler: I promised that I would tell you... why I never eat fish. When we all moved into my grandfather's house... it somehow fell to me to keep the old man's mind off of things. We would play casino over an old card table. He never let me win. One time he put one of those tiny model trains... into my hamburger. He was a practical joker. I broke my tooth on it. On Friday evenings we had fish at our house. Every Friday. Not on religious grounds, but because... Grandpa was a fish enthusiast....
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The Columbia Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Here She Come, Miss America
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Written by Bernie Wayne
Performed by Jack Nicholson
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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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