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King of the Gypsies (1978)

In the criminal and violent world of modern-day Gypsies based in New York City, their 'king' Zharko Stepanowicz passes his leadership to his unwilling grandson, leaving the skipped father resentful.

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Groffo
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Sharon
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Persa
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Spiro Giorgio
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Danitza Giorgio
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Zio Miller
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Rui Ilanovitch
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Pete Stepanowicz
Zvee Scooler ...
Phuro (as Svee Scooler)
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Storyline

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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They have their own language...Their own codes of sex, honor and vengeance...And their own way of choosing a king. See more »

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28 February 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de los gitanos  »

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$7,325,177 (USA)
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1.78 : 1
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Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields previously played a mother and daughter in Pretty Baby (1978). See more »


Soundtracks

Ridin'
By Pegasus and Rick Galaher
Performed by Pegasus
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Not bad but...
6 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

...not as good as "Time of the Gypsies" (1988) Dom za vesanje (original title) or "Black Cat, White Cat"(1998) Crna Macka, Beli Macor (original title), both directed by Emir Kusturica or "I Even Met Happy Gypsies" (1967) Skupljaci Perja (original title) of Aleksandar Petrovic. Despite the fact that we have an entire orchestra of good and very good actors, such as Sterling Hayden, Shelley Winters, Susan Sarandon, Judd Hirsch, Eric Roberts, Brooke Shields, Annette O'Toole, Annie Potts, the film does not have consistency, it's only a mediocre attempt to show how gypsies really are. Eric Roberts is honest in his role debut. Susan Sarandon is more beautiful than ever and very talented as always. Best of all is Judd Hirsch he's the most natural and believable gypsy. Beautiful music with Stéphane Grappelli, accompanied by other talented musicians.


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