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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.