The King of Marvin Gardens

The King of Marvin Gardens

Directed by Bob Rafelson • 1972 • United States
Starring Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn

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.

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The King of Marvin Gardens
  • The King of Marvin Gardens

    Directed by Bob Rafelson • 1972 • United States
    Starring Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn

    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 ...

Extras

  • THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS Selected-Scene Commentary

    This program features director Bob Rafelson discussing selected scenes from THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS. Rafelson was recorded in Aspen, Colorado, in 2009.

  • Reflections of a Philosopher King

    This short program features director Bob Rafelson and actress Ellen Burstyn discussing the evolution of the characters in THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS and how accidents on the set proved beneficial to the film.

  • Afterthoughts

    This eleven-minute program, made in 2002, features director Bob Rafelson, cinematographer László Kovács, and actor Bruce Dern discussing style and process on THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS.