King of the Gypsies

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 097360886832
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden King Zharko Stepanowicz
Shelley Winters Queen Rachel
Susan Sarandon Rose
Eric Roberts Dave Stepanowicz
Brooke Shields Tita Stepanowicz
Annette O'Toole Sharon
Annie Potts Persa
Michael Vincente Gazzo Spiro Georgio
Lou Cevetillo Pete Stepanowicz
Frederick Coffin
Sam Coppola
Rebecca Darke
Julie Garfield
Robert Gerringer
Patti LuPone
Linda Manz
Mark Victor
St├ęphane Grappelli
Jon Oppenheim
Danielle Brisebois Young Tita
Roy Brocksmith Frinkuleschti
MacIntyre Dixon Courthouse Reporter
Alice Drummond Zharko's Nurse
William Duell Funeral Home Director
Michael Higgins Traffic Court Judge
Judd Hirsch Groffo
Anthony Holland Mr. Tomlin
Matthew Laborteaux Middle Dave
Harris Laskaway Man at Accident
Joe Maruzzo Waiter at Mamma Leone's
Tom Mason Policeman at Groffo's Death
Bernie McInerney Zharko's Doctor
Stephen Mendillo Adolf Mikel
Kathi Moss Midwife
Jay Norman Hallway Thug
Tom Quinn Jewelry Store Detective
Antonia Rey Danitza Georgio
Martin Rosenblatt Zharko's Lawyer
David Rounds Mr. Kessler
Franklin Scott Hallway Thug
James Shannon Courthouse Photographer
C.A.R. Smith Christening Priest
Paul Sparer Dave's Doctor
Marc Vahanian Young Groffo
Mary Louise Wilson Ivy
Joe Zaloom Rui Ilanovitch
Zvee Scooler Phuro
Technical Credits
Frank Pierson Director, Screenwriter
Julie Arenal Choreography
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Frederico de Laurentiis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Carl Fullerton Makeup
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
David Grisman Score Composer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
John J. Moore Production Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Scott Rudin Casting
Joel Thurm Casting
Allen Weisinger Makeup
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