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The King of Marvin Gardens
The King of Marvin Gardens
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson, Scatman Crothers
Director: Bob Rafelson
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2000     1hr 43min

An intellectual radio broadcaster and his brother, a small time hood, meet in Atlantic City to hatch a scam. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: R Release Date: 25-APR-2000 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson, Scatman Crothers
Director: Bob Rafelson
Creators: László Kovács, Bob Rafelson, John F. Link, Harold Schneider, Steve Blauner, Jacob Brackman
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2000
Original Release Date: 10/12/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 10/12/1972
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Thai

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Movie Reviews

The Best Nicholson Film You've Never Seen
A. Wolverton | Crofton, MD United States | 09/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The film opens with Nicholson in a tight shot talking to someone. We aren't sure at first to whom he's talking or why. From that opening scene I was hooked. Nicholson is a radio personality (David) who one day gets a phone call from his brother Jason (Bruce Dern) who is in jail. Jason is basically a big-time loser who has been trying all his life to make something big happen. His latest scheme is to encourage his brother to join him and his female companions (played by Ellyn Burstyn and Julia Anne Robinson) in Atlantic City while contemplating the purchase of an island near Hawaii. Many strange events happen along the way, not the least of which finds the two women competing for Jason's affection. A very strange scene occurs involving a fire on the beach. Without giving too much away, I will say that this is a turning point that has tremendous impact later in the story. So few films today have even slightly interesting characters. These characters are so vivid and interesting that you can't help but be intrigued, wondering what's going to happen next. Each scene seems to have no rhyme or reason, until finally the pieces fall into place. When the pieces do come together, you realize that you've witnessed something very unique, original, and haunting. The four leading actors are all at the top of their form. I have never seen Nicholson timid, unsure, or at a loss for words before. Dern is hopelessly reckless. Robinson is an innocent in an evil environment. Burstyn is perfect as the key to the whole story, which is one that I'll never forget. You'll think about this quiet little film long after the credits are over."
A Rare Gem-Amazing!
skipmccoy | Los Angeles, CA USA | 09/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film really is spectacular. From the very opening(which is slightly disorienting-but becomes clear quickly), it weaves a tale filled with some very odd and fascinating characters. Nicholson plays a radio deejay of sorts that spouts some fictionalized, but engrossingly told tales. The story itself deals with his visit to his brother-played by Bruce Dern, who he must attempt to talk out of some financial scheming. Dern turns in a fine performance-comparable to his performance in SMILE(very different characters, both great performances). Ellen Burstyn is also terrific. Photography by Laszlo Kovacs ranks up with his best. A welcome follow-up to Rafelson's FIVE EASY PIECES(a follow-up that doesn't get the press it deserves). Looks beautiful on dvd!"
Interesting Character Study From the 70's
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 02/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The King of Marvin Gardens" is an example of why the seventies was such a golden period in American filmmaking in that studios as well as stars would take a chance on offbeat material regardless of it's box office potential. Director Bob Rafelson creates a haunting story of disparate souls who cling to hopes that are as faded as the Atlantic City facade they inhabit. Jack Nicholson effectively plays against type as a radio personality who joins up with his brother(Bruce Dern) to partake in his latest get-rich-quick scheme that has all the earmarks of going up in flames. They are joined by Ellen Burstyn as a faded beauty queen who's along for the ride in the futile hope of attaining a dream. This film is not easy to watch at times but the more ambitious viewer can appreciate filmmaking that dares to challenge it's audience. Gorgeous cinematography of the Atlantic City landscape before the casinos were erected."
Jack Nicholson
David Baldwin | 04/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking for a film that has no "fx" and also no "over the top" Jack Nicholson ,try " King of Marvin Gardens" You can see glimpses of pre casino " Atlantic City". Along with Bruce Dern, as Nicholson,s brother, this film examines just how disconnected from reality certain "apparently mainstream" folks are. Ellen Burstyn delivers a haunting performance. Unlike many films of today, this film has a real script and devilishly good acting..involving a very downbeat subject."