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The King of Marvin Gardens ()


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A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes.

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David Staebler
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Jason Staebler
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Sally
Julia Anne Robinson ...
Jessica
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Lewis (as Benjamin 'Scatman' Crothers)
Charles LaVine ...
Grandfather
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Rosko
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Surtees (as John Ryan)
Sully Boyar ...
Lebowitz
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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
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Messenger #2
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Agura
Conrad Yama ...
Fujito
Scott Howard ...
Auctioneer
Henry Foehl ...
Auctioneer
Frank Hatchett ...
Dancer
Wyetta Turner ...
Dancer

Directed by

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Bob Rafelson

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Jacob Brackman ... (screenplay)
 
Bob Rafelson ... (story) and
Jacob Brackman ... (story)

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Steve Blauner ... executive producer
Bob Rafelson ... producer
Harold Schneider ... associate producer

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László Kovács ... director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)

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John F. Link ... (as John F. Link II)

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Terry Chambers ... assistant editor
Peter Denenberg ... assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)

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Fred Roos ... (uncredited)

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Toby Carr Rafelson

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Dorothy Byrne ... hair stylist

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Joseph M. Ellis ... second assistant director (as Joe Ellis)
Michael Haley ... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann ... assistant director (as Tim Zinneman)

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Mark Wade ... property
Tony Wade ... property

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James Nelson ... sound effects
Tom Overton ... sound mixer
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)

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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)

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G. Tony Scarano ... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)

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Anna Tait ... location auditor

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Joe Berman ... transportation

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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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Plot Summary

'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is also a dreamer who asks his brother, David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island - asking him to believe in yet another of his dreams, yet another of his get-rich-quick schemes. But luck is against them both and the game ends badly - real life reduced to radio drama. Written by Dave Cook

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Also Known As
  • The Philosopher King (United States)
  • El rey de Marvin Gardens (Spain)
  • Küçük kral (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Садовый король (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • O Rei da Ilusão (Brazil)
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  • 103 min
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Trivia According to Burstyn's autobiography "Lessons in Becoming Myself", Burstyn and Julia Anne Robinson fell off the back of the golf cart in the Miss America scene when Bruce Dern took off too fast. Robinson hit her head and spent a few days in the hospital as a result. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Coneheads/Benefit of the Doubt/Poetic Justice/Another Stakeout/Hocus Pocus (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Steppin' Out With My Baby See more »
Crazy Credits The Columbia Pictures logo does not appear on this film. 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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