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King of Marvin Gardens, The (15)

King of Marvin Gardens, The (15)


Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. Read more …

He is also a dreamer who asks his brother, David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island - asking him to believe in yet another of his dreams, yet another of his get-rich-quick schemes. But luck is against them both and the game ends badly - real life reduced to radio drama.

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The critical consensus

Rather than playing up the madness, Rafelson plays it down; his laidback direction is deliberately, brilliantly at odds with the colourful chaos on display.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 10/05/2013

Features about King of Marvin Gardens, The (15)

The King of Marvin Gardens shows the last gasp of a crumbling America

John Patterson, The Guardian, 18/05/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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