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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

The King of Marvin Gardens



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In this film, Jack Nicholson plays an FM radio personality who devotes his program to nonstop ramblings about his brother Bruce Dern. Dern wants to hold a beauty contest to raise the money he needs to build a Hawaiian resort. Nicholson allows himself to get sucked into Dern's scheme.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jacob Brackman, Bob Rafelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2000
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Jack Nicholson
as David Staebler
Bruce Dern
as Jason Staebler
Charles Lavine
as Grandfather
John P. Ryan
as Surlees
Sully Boyar
as Lebowitz
Garry Goodrow
as Nervous Man
Tom Overton
as Spot Operator
Van Kirksey
as Messenger
Tony King
as Messenger
Scott Howard
as Auctioneer
Henry Foehl
as Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for The King of Marvin Gardens

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

Admirers of director Bob Rafelson's previous feature, Five Easy Pieces, will be stunned by the tedious pretensions of his newest effort.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Top Critic

The film is talky and often abrasive, but it sticks in the mind.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An odd, unsettling movie overall, vague in its characterisation and narrative, dotted with bewildering asides and lacking any real warmth or humour.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin Gardens is a perversely satisfying movie -- it works after going out of its way not to -- and a very eccentric one.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Rafelson's kind of poetic realism, an accuracy in the treatment of unexpected settings, looked like quality to some in Five Easy Pieces two years back. Now it looks like the most pretentious of tired clichés.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is well worth seeing, but the real attraction is the stunning depiction of Atlantic City.

Full Review… | May 27, 2013
Electric Sheep

Audience Reviews for The King of Marvin Gardens


Ellen Burstyn is crazy (as usual)

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


O reencontro de dois irmãos. As diferenças de suas personalidades e os planos que fazem para permanecer mais juntos. Uma estranha visão sobre à familia. Sombrio.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Easily one of the most overlooked movies of the 70s. This has such a brave finale that completely changes the entire plot, character motives and mood of the movie. Bob Rafelson takes a story about two estranged brothers and turns it into something so much more engaging and memorable. Knowing Jack Nicolson, it's almost bizarre not to see him have multiple freak outs in a movie, especially during his 70s era of acting. He plays a really introspective and reserved character that honestly ends up being just as admirable as his more famous ones. Who really does end up completely dominating the movie is a completely unsuspecting Ellen Burstyn. When you think of character development, there is no better example than her in this movie. To see her go from a seemingly jolly and upbeat person into a train wreck of doom is an event you can't miss. This has all the great cinematography and direction that Bob Rafelson had with Five Easy Pieces, but this is a completely different take on America.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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