King of the Gypsies (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

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


Sterling Hayden
as King Zharko Stepanow...
Shelley Winters
as Queen Rachel
Brooke Shields
as Tita Stepanowicz
Michael V. Gazzo
as Spiro Giorgio
Antonia Rey
as Danitza Giorgio
Stephen Mendillo
as Adolf Mikel
Joe Zaloom
as Rui Ilanovitch
Lou Cevetillo
as Pete Stepanowicz
David Rounds
as Mr. Kessler
Daniel Spira
as Zio Miller
Thomas Quinn
as Jewelery Store Detec...
Frederick Coffin
as Basketball Coach
Paul Sparer
as Dave's Doctor
William Duell
as Funeral Home Directo...
Alice Drummond
as Zharko's Nurse
Harris Laskawy
as Man at Accident
Cory Einbinder
as Young Dave
Matthew Laborteaux
as Middle Dave
Anthony Holland
as Mr. Tomlin
Harris Laskaway
as Man at Accident
Tiffany Bogart
as Young Rose
Marc Vahanian
as Young Groffo
Stephane Grappelly
as Gypsy Violinist
Roy Brocksmith
as Frinkuleschti
Glen Gianfrancisco
as Persa's Child
Jay Norman
as Hallway Thug
Tom Quinn
as Jewelry Store Detect...
David Little
as Kessler's Lawyer
Joe Maruzzo
as Waiter at Mamma Leon...
Martin Rosenblatt
as Zharko's Lawyer
C.A.R. Smith
as Christening Priest
Scott Franklin
as Hallway Thug
James Shannon
as Courthouse Photograp...
Macintyre Dixon
as Courthouse Reporter
Mark Victor
as Courthouse Reporter
Kathi Moss
as Midwife
Chris Manor
as Gypsy Horsetrader
Jon Oppenheim
as Gypsy Horsetrader
Bernie McInerney
as Zharko's Doctor
Tom Mason
as Policeman at Groffo'...
Mark Victor
as Courthouse Reporter
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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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