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The King of Marvin Gardens
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Director:
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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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
 
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)
 
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Filmed in the once popular Marlborough-Blenhim hotel, yet by 1972 the hotel had fallen on hard times like most of Atlantic City. The hotel continued operating until 1978 when it was bought by Park Place Entertainment. Despite protest the hotel was demolished in 1979 and replaced with Ballys Park Place Casino.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:
Steppin' Out With My BabySee more »

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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Great Cast, Quirky Treat, 8 July 2000
Author: ILuvFlix from Philadelphia, PA

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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