The King of Marvin Gardens

With that side smile and nervous laugh, Bruce Dern remains instantly recognizable, yet he was rarely cast as the star and nearly always as the villain. He has appeared in more than 100 films over six decades, imbuing his roles with weight and humanity. These are four of his best of the 1970s. In The King of Marvin Gardens, radio personality David (Jack Nicholson) meets his brother Jason (Bruce Dern) in a deteriorating Atlantic City hotel to discuss the latter’s latest get-rich-quick scheme. The downbeat King features one of Dern’s greatest performances. SUN-TUES. $8.

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