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King of the Gypsies (1978)

Eric Roberts makes an impressive screen debut as Dave, grandson of the aging King Zharko, who is chosen by him to lead the gypsy clan at his death. Dave's only inclination is to join the ... See full summary »

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Eric Roberts makes an impressive screen debut as Dave, grandson of the aging King Zharko, who is chosen by him to lead the gypsy clan at his death. Dave's only inclination is to join the American mainstream, but he knows that the mantle of gypsy power cannot be taken lightly or denied. Written by Anonymous

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HIS time is here and he must carry on the tradition of ruling with vengeance! See more »

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28 February 1979 (France)  »

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A cigányok királya  »

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Producer Dino De Laurentiis originally wanted either John Travolta or Richard Gere for the Eric Roberts role. See more »


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Be My Love
By Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Robert Jason
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It's not the gypsy way!
23 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strong performances by a stellar cast highlight this unforgettable film about a largely misunderstood population known as the Gypsies. They sing, dance, wear jewelry, and party together. On the other hand, they steal, deceive and con non-Gypsies out of their money with fortune telling. For most viewers, this film shows complex depiction of them. Eric Roberts give a top notch first rate powerful performance as the Gypsy son who sees the error of his people's ways like no schooling. The other cast members are legendary such as a young Brooke Shields playing his baby sister. Susan Sarandon and Judd Hirsch as his parents. Shelley Winters is great as Queen Rachel and Sterling Hayden as the King. This film is a must see.


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