IMDb > The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
The King of Marvin Gardens
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 29 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   4,038 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 57% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Jacob Brackman (screenplay)
Bob Rafelson (story) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The King of Marvin Gardens on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
26 April 1973 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
A great and unusual film 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
103 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Italy:T | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (theatrical rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Scatman Crothers' favorite role of his career.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...
[...]
See more »
Soundtrack:
I Could Have Danced All NightSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A great and unusual film, 13 April 2004
Author: cornishchristopher from New York

A truly great film and sadly overlooked and under rated, following up Five Easy Pieces and showing Nicholson at his most awesome. A far better take on Atlantic City than the Louis Malle's film of that name. Incredible acting from Nicholson, Dern, Burstyn... great direction and cinamatography. The movie is set in a pre-casino Atlantic City, sort of Coney Island perfected. A real actors film that we rarely see anymore. Perhaps difficult to watch because of that yet immensely rewarding. A film that perfectly captures the time and place. Dern plays an over the top hustler while Nicholson, of all things, plays an intellectual radio dweeb. Go on... see it... "no one reads anymore..."

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (46 total) »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
All Good Things My Own Private Idaho Toto the Hero Munich
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.