over 4 years
American New Wave w/ Nicholson and Dern excellent. Can be a slog
The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers. It is one of several collaborations between Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson. The majority of the film is set in a wintry Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the plot and the cinematography by László Kovács. The title alludes to one of the properties in the game Monopoly (original version).
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 and his (Jason's) bitter aging beauty-queen squeeze (Burstyn) to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral toward tragedy. A skeptical David has no faith in Jason's scam. Albeit in a fit of anger and frustration, Jason at one point chides David for wallowing in his dark, lonely depressed life. The Burstyn character becomes a disgruntled woman who...