King of the Gypsies

1978

Action / Drama

9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 920

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Eric Roberts as Dave
Annie Potts as Persa
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by moonspinner55 2 / 10

"Back in the good old days--before private property..."

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 ****

Reviewed by rodrig58 5 / 10

Not bad but...

...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 St├ęphane Grappelli, accompanied by other talented musicians.

Reviewed by Wuchak 7 / 10

Eric Roberts as an American Gypsy who resists being "King of the Gypsies"

Released in 1978, "King of the Gypsies" chronicles the life of an American gypsy (Eric Roberts in his debut) who resists being made the king of his clan by his grandfather (Sterling Hayden). Meanwhile his villainous father (Judd Hirsch) resents that he was passed up and hostilities mount. Susan Sarandon plays the mother, Shelley Winters the grandmother, Brooke Shields the young sister and Annette O'Toole & Annie Potts the potential girlfriends.

The movie plays like a less-epic and lower-budgeted version of 1972's "The Godfather," albeit about Gypsies rather than a Mafia family. The cast and acting are superlative and the tone is gritty realistic. The screenplay was based on Peter Maas' true-life book. The story covers three generations of a Gypsy family from the 40s into the 70s and is narrated by Robert's character, which provides an interesting continuity. It's not great, but it's good enough and provides a window into this unconventional culture, their traveling lifestyle, interactions, work (including "fortune telling"), schemes, music, dancing and misadventures.

The film runs 112 minutes and was shot in New York/New Jersey area.

GRADE: B

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