The King of Marvin Gardens

  • 15
  • Bob Rafelson (1972)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson's follow-up to Five Easy Pieces was this often pretentious yet absorbing study of two brothers. Nicholson is a radio presenter, intellectual and withdrawn; his brother, Bruce Dern, is an aspiring property developer, brash, married to Ellen Burstyn and living in a hopeless dream world. Set in a windy, charmless Atlantic City, its original title was The Philosopher King, and the final title derives from the American version of Monopoly. Some rate Nicholson's performance as a career best, and his wistful monologues at the radio microphone are indeed brilliant; others may find the cold, cerebral atmosphere easy to resist.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. The host of a late-night radio chat show becomes embroiled in his younger brother's get-rich-quick schemes in Atlantic City.

Cast and crew

Cast

David Staebler
Jack Nicholson
Jason Staebler
Bruce Dern
Sally
Ellen Burstyn
Jessica
Julia Anne Robinson
Lewis
Scatman Crothers
Grandfather
Charles Lavine
Rosko
Arnold Williams
Surtees
John P Ryan
Lebowitz
Sully Boyar
Frank
Josh Mostel

Crew

Director
Bob Rafelson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 24 May 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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