King of the Gypsies (1978)




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In this film, 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.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Frank Pierson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2008
Paramount Home Video


as King Zharko Stepanow...

as Groffo

as Queen Rachel

as Tita Stepanowicz

as Spiro Georgio

as Spiro Giorgio

as Danitza Giorgio

as Adolf Mikel

as Rui Ilanovitch

as Pete Stepanowicz

as Mr. Kessler

as Zio Miller

as Jewelery Store Detec...

as Basketball Coach

as Dave's Doctor

as Funeral Home Directo...

as Zharko's Nurse

as Man at Accident

as Young Dave

as Middle Dave

as Mr. Tomlin

as Young Tita

as Man at Accident

as Young Rose

as Young Groffo

as Gypsy Violinist

as Frinkuleschti

as Persa's Child

as Hallway Thug

as Jewelry Store Detect...

as Kessler's Lawyer

as Waiter at Mamma Leon...

as Zharko's Lawyer

as Christening Priest

as Hallway Thug

as Courthouse Photograp...

as Courthouse Reporter

as Courthouse Reporter

as Midwife

as Gypsy Horsetrader

as Gypsy Horsetrader

as Zharko's Doctor

as Policeman at Groffo'...
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Critic Reviews for King of the Gypsies

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

King of the Gypsies is a fine wedding of craft and creativity.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

November 1, 2005

October 7, 2005
International Press Academy

Audience Reviews for King of the Gypsies


An all-star cast for a boring drama, which fails to bring an interesting subject to life. This movie could have been good, I could tell, but something was holding it back, I'm not sure what, maybe it was the director?

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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