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King of the Gypsies [DVD] [1978]

  • SKU: 28572223
  • Release Date: 07/14/2015
  • Rating: R

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)


    King of the Gypsies
    Not surprisingly, this fascinating dissection of Gypsy life in America was vilified by several ethnic special-interest groups, who'd previously delivered their mimeoed missives to novelist Peter Maas, on whose book the film was based. Sterling Hayden is the "king" of a New York-based gypsy tribe, who on his deathbed passes his crown to his reluctant grandson, Eric Roberts. Roberts' scuzzy father Judd Hirsch, envious that he's been passed over, begins plotting the demise of his own son. It appears at first that the boy, a thoroughly assimilated Manhattanite, would be more than willing to give up his invisible throne to Hirsch, but there's something about his heritage that always draws him back to his own people. Several genuine gypsies took part in the film as extras, bit players and technical advisers; reportedly, they also spent much of the shooting time trying to cadge a few dishonest dollars from cast and crew. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sterling Hayden
      Sterling Hayden - King Zharko Stepanowicz
    • Shelley Winters
      Shelley Winters - Queen Rachel
    • Susan Sarandon
      Susan Sarandon - Rose
    • Eric Roberts
      Eric Roberts - Dave Stepanowicz
    • Brooke Shields
      Brooke Shields - Tita Stepanowicz

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      hols up well


      back in 1978 i visited the eric tri state mall a few times to see the film king of the gypsies. in addition to a stelar cast including sterling hayden, susan sarandon, judd hirsch (from tv's taxi), shelly winters (overacting), brooke shields, annette o'toole and annie potts it was eric roberts first role. my then 17 year old self fell in love with this young actor. the film was full of teen angt and the gypsy culture. great camera work and gypsy music and dancing added to the feel. a very violent end to a father and son relationship had to happen in this world. the film upon watching it on dvd now, seems a little badly written for the screen, but eric never looked so young.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Funny Movie


      This movie is a great family movie to watch. Do recommend this for an evening with the family.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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