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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)
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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 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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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de los gitanos See more »

Filming Locations:

Hillside, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,325,177
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Pepe Serna auditioned for the role of Dave. See more »


Soundtracks

Be My Love
By Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Robert Jason
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Not bad but...
6 August 2016 | by rodrig58See 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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