The King of Marvin Gardens Film Still

The King of Marvin Gardens

Bob Rafelson

 
  • United States
  • 1972
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #550

For his electrifying follow-up to the smash success Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson dug even deeper into the crushed dreams of wayward America. 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. The King of Marvin Gardens, also starring a brilliant Ellen Burstyn as Jason’s bitter aging beauty-queen squeeze, is one of the most devastating character studies of the seventies.

Credits

DirectorBob Rafelson
ScreenplayJacob Brackman
StoryBob Rafelson and Jacob Brackman
Executive producerSteve Blauner
ProducerBob Rafelson
Associate producerHarold Schneider
Director of photographyLázló Kovács
EditingJohn F. Link II
CastingMarion Dougherty Associates
Art directorToby Carr Rafelson

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photogaphy László Kovács, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson
  • Reflections of a Philosopher King, a 2009 video piece with Rafelson and actress Ellen Burstyn
  • Afterthoughts, a 2002 interview with Rafelson, about the film, produced by Rafelson, Kovács, and actor Bruce Dern
  • Theatrical trailer

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