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The King of Marvin Gardens
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Writers:
Jacob Brackman (screenplay)
Bob Rafelson (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 April 1973 (France) See more »
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Plot:
'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The beauty of decay See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... David Staebler

Bruce Dern ... Jason Staebler

Ellen Burstyn ... Sally
Julia Anne Robinson ... Jessica

Scatman Crothers ... Lewis (as Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers)
Charles LaVine ... Grandfather

Arnold Williams ... Rosko

John P. Ryan ... Surtees (as John Ryan)
Sully Boyar ... Lebowitz

Josh Mostel ... Frank
William Pabst ... Bidlack
Garry Goodrow ... Nervous Man (as Gary Goodrow)
Imogene Bliss ... Magda
Ann Thomas ... Bambi
Tom Overton ... Spot Operator
Maxwell 'Sonny' Goldberg ... Sonny
Van Kirksey ... Messenger #1

Tony King ... Messenger #2

Jerry Fujikawa ... Agura
Conrad Yama ... Fujito
Scott Howard ... Auctioneer
Henry Foehl ... Auctioneer
Frank Hatchett ... Dancer
Wyetta Turner ... Dancer

Directed by
Bob Rafelson 
 
Writing credits
Jacob Brackman (screenplay)

Bob Rafelson (story) and
Jacob Brackman (story)

Produced by
Steve Blauner .... executive producer
Bob Rafelson .... producer
Harold Schneider .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Link  (as John F. Link II)
 
Casting by
Fred Roos (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Toby Carr Rafelson 
 
Makeup Department
Dorothy Byrne .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph M. Ellis .... second assistant director (as Joe Ellis)
Michael Haley .... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director (as Tim Zinneman)
 
Art Department
Mark Wade .... property
Tony Wade .... property
 
Sound Department
James Nelson .... sound effects
Tom Overton .... sound mixer
Kitty Malone .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... gaffer (as Jim Blair)
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Aaron Pazanti .... best boy
Paul Caven .... electrician (uncredited)
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)
 
Editorial Department
Terry Chambers .... assistant editor
Peter Denenberg .... assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)
 
Location Management
Anna Tait .... location auditor
 
Transportation Department
Joe Berman .... transportation
 
Other crew
Marilyn La Salandra .... production coordinator (as Marilyn Lasalandra)
Meta Rebner .... script continuity (as Meta Wilde)
Suzanna Schiff .... assistant to director
Riccardo Billi .... distributed in Italy by (uncredited)
 
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103 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Italy:T | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (theatrical rating) | USA:R

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Trivia:
The properties in the game Monopoly are named after streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but one of them was misspelled. The street is actually Marven Gardens.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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...
[...]
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Soundtrack:
I Could Have Danced All NightSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The beauty of decay, 2 April 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

You can watch this movie without sound, you can watch it in the English original without understanding a word – it is still a great experience. The actors and their surroundings merge into a whole, which has one aim: To show the beauty of decay. Atlantic City (in its state in the early seventies) is shown as a dead end, a city to die in. In The King of Marvin Garden Rafelson used Atlantic City like Italian director Luchino Visconti used Venice in some of his movies.

This is one of the very few genuine, serious colour movies I know. It is a delight to see just how much care was taken with the actor's wardrobes, the set design and with the appearance of the sky in each scene. Ellen Burstyn (really one of the great American screen beauties) shines. Of course the should symbolize the beauty of decay. Well, there is more beauty than decay in this case, Burstyn looks gorgeous however hard she tries not to.

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