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Jacob Brackman (screenplay)
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12 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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'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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about as low-key as 70s movies get (that's a compliment) See more (41 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 
 
Production Design 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 M. Falkinburg .... sound effects (as James Nelson)
Tom Overton .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
James O. Blair .... gaffer (as Jim Blair)
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Paul Caven .... electrician
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Aaron Pazanti .... best boy
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)
 
Editorial Department
Terry Chambers .... assistant editor
Peter Denenberg .... assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)
 
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
Anna Tait .... location auditor
 

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103 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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:
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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Soundtrack:
I Could Have Danced All NightSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
about as low-key as 70s movies get (that's a compliment), 29 September 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The King of Marvin Gardens was Bob Rafelson's experiment at doing a film where the leads are switched around- the actors playing them, anyway. You rarely get to see Jack Nicholson in the role of the quiet, observant, and really more intuitive characters in any film, and to see it in his prime in-between doing films like Carnal Knowledge and The Last Detail is a revelation. Every once in a while he pulls out a performance that is attuned to a sensibility that is surprising, even if the film is not. One of those that worked best was About Schmidt. But this time in Rafelson's vision, he plays second fiddle to the more personable, idealistic, talkative, pushy, and far more conflicted brother played by Bruce Dern. For Dern this is also a somewhat different role, as he often could play roles with a good deal of dialog well, though with also a lowered guard. Here he plays a guy with lots of ideas, and those of which he really wants to impress upon his more detached but not too unresponsive brother. It's a mix that works, though it's very understandable why I've only seen it once, and not only do I not really desire to see it again, it's not too much of a wonder why its still one of the real underrated films of the 70s.

Keep in mind it's not just the men to see here, but Ellen Burstyn too, in one of her other great parts of her real prime, as she plays Dern's depressed, loopy, over-the-top girlfriend. She has her counterpart too in Julie Anne Robinson. Her character is maybe a little more like Nicholson's, though not really as withdrawn. These are all characters who are estranged, if not from themselves then from each other, and amid the big plans in the (correctly chosen) sights of dreary Atlantic City they're cast against a glow that just poses a kind of nothingness for them. And in the end, when tragedy strikes, it finally comes when the emotional cork gets pulled completely off. And bookending the film are Nicholson's monologues on the airwaves to his listeners, whomever they may be, and they're some of my favorite scenes I still remember from the film. If it's less than really memorable and affecting like the best of 70s subversive cinema, it's because its content in its low-key ways. It's a smart movie that isn't really at the heights of Five Easy Pieces- Rafelson's masterpiece that's also low-key in its way but reaches higher in psychological hang-ups- but it does come as close as anything the director's done since. Most noteworthy is the challenge of reversing the roles for Nicholson and Dern pays off in that independent-film way. Look for Shining co-star Scatman Crothers in some scenes late in the picture.

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