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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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Rui Ilanovitch
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Pete Stepanowicz
Zvee Scooler ...
Phuro (as Svee Scooler)
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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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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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Patti LuPone's movie debut. See more »


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Be My Love
By Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Robert Jason
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"Back in the good old days--before private property..."
11 March 2017 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Eric Roberts made his film debut as the grandson of an Old World gypsy king who is chosen over his father to lead the remnants of the clan into the modern age. Director Frank Pierson, who also adapted Peter Maas' book, goes for a theatrically overwrought style here that plays like an opera minus the singing; we get the anger, the torment, the gesticulating and all the fiery emotions, but what the film lacks (and what Pierson could really use) is some sensitivity. The talented, eclectic all-star cast and the unusual milieu certainly hold interest, but this character portrait is pitched too high to hit any of its targets. *1/2 from ****


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