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Writers:
Jacob Brackman (screenplay)
Bob Rafelson (story) ...
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Release Date:
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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Dark, hidden, dirty gem of a film 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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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:
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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I Could Have Danced All NightSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Dark, hidden, dirty gem of a film, 17 February 2010
Author: alec-10 from pacific northwest

It's ironically indicative of this movie's theme and the relationship between American culture AND this film that the vast majority of IMDb raters have given this a 6 or 7 (out of 10). Most Americans that actually watch this film will be confused by it. Very strange, maybe, in that it is a truly American movie: American cast, American production, American themes, American sets, American problems, American answers. But, tell me--how do you rate yourself when you look back at that nude in the full length mirror right after you get out of the shower? If you're feeling generous (and you're only rating for yourself), you might get a 6 or a 7, right? Rafelson's early (funnier...haha, couldn't resist that), more critically successful Nicholson vehicle, FIVE EASY PIECES, has some really GREAT moments (like the toast-ordering scene), but ultimately, the pacing is off. There's just not enough there, there. Not so with King of MV. WOW, this is one helluva emotional roller coaster. The much, much underrated and underutilized Bruce Dern gives one of his best two or three performances as Nicholson's manic (American through and through) salesman brother. This riffs on Arthur Miller and all the best dramatic pitchmen roles from the 1st half of the 20th Century. Ellen Burstyn is spot on, as is the other female interest. But the real focus is on the guys. (And just a word about the late, great Scatman Crothers--so so excellent and iconic in this.) And now we get to Jack... ...I think this is arguably his best performance. It is one of the very very few where his eyebrows were nailed down, anyway. His character is so weary, so defeated, so human, you're tempted to think he's a Russian or a Jew or maybe even a Russian Jew. But no, he is a through and through Willie Loman American. And one we so rarely see on the stage or screen--though we all know/have known them. They are that vast minority of reasonable, intelligent, sensitive, fairly strong and honest and wise individuals who just can't take it or who just don't think it's worth the trouble having seen too many people taken advantage of or getting their teeth knocked out. They are sick of what they've seen; they are sick of not being able to toe the mark--even though they know that those expectations are unreasonable. Rare stuff, indeed.

BTW, this is NOT a happy movie--fair warning.

Bless you, Bob Rafelson--a brilliant, brilliant film that should rest on the shelf next to Renoir and the very best of the 50's British Angry Young Men cinema.

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