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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.

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writers:

Peter Maas (book), Frank Pierson (written for the screen by)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... King Zharko Stepanowicz
Shelley Winters ... Queen Rachel
Susan Sarandon ... Rose
Judd Hirsch ... Groffo
Eric Roberts ... Dave
Brooke Shields ... Tita
Annette O'Toole ... Sharon
Annie Potts ... Persa
Michael V. Gazzo ... Spiro Giorgio
Antonia Rey ... Danitza Giorgio
Stephen Mendillo ... Adolf
Daniel Spira Daniel Spira ... Zio Miller
Joe Zaloom ... Rui Ilanovitch
Lou Cevetillo Lou Cevetillo ... 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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it's ALMOST his time See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields previously played a mother and daughter in Pretty Baby (1978). See more »

Quotes

Dave: We live in a democracy. There are no kings.
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Connections

Referenced in Adventures in Moviegoing: Josh and Bennie Safdie (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Be My Love
By Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Robert Jason
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User Reviews

 
It's not the gypsy way!
23 October 2013 | by SylviastelSee 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Gypsies See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,325,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,325,177
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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