The King of Marvin Gardens

The King of Marvin Gardens

DVD - 2010
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Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern play estranged siblings David and Jason, the former a depressive late-night-radio talk show host, the latter an extroverted con man; when Jason drags his younger brother to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral toward tragedy.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Dec 20, 2015

This Criterion Collection version really adds to the depth and understanding of the movie The King of Marvin Gardens. Noted director Bob Rafelson provides selected-scene commentary that is telling in detail and the film's characters. Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern come together in Atlantic City where Bruce is a loose cannon and Nicholson is the introspective self who composes while live on radio. Special kudos to Ellen Burstyn who brings the movie alive with her character and approach; she's quite the pill. As a 1972 feature, the film shows the sensibilities of the time but also provides imaginative scenes that only a Rafelson movie would include. Remember, this is the director of Five Easy Pieces along with Easy Rider . . . expect a thoughtful, but wild, roller coaster ride along the Board Walk.

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Monolith
Jan 30, 2014

Disappointing monotonous nonsensical blathering, although not surprising coming from Bob Rafelson. "Five Easy Pieces" this ain't.

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Jan 30, 2014

David Staebler: "I promised that I would tell you... why... I never eat fish..."

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