King of the Gypsies


by Tuna

The story traces the life of a gypsy boy from pre-conception through his becoming King of the Gypsies in the New York area.

All eight of them.

Not much of a kingship. I guess he's not really the king of the gypsies so much as the regional marketing manager for the New York office of Gypsy Scams International, but those precise details wouldn't make for a very resonant film title.

And do the Big Apple Gypsies ever have a time getting those wagons into the subway!

His mother is Susan Sarandon, and his grandfather, the previous King of the Gypsies, is Sterling Hayden, and those parts of his life work well, other than making him an outcast in mainstream society. What doesn't work for him at all is his ne'er-do-well father (Judd Hirsch), whose abuse causes him to leave home and abandon the gypsies for a period of time. When grandfather is near death and names his grandson as his successor, the grandson has fateful decisions to make.

The script is competent, and there is not a bad performance in the film. Unfortunately, there is nothing fresh about the story of a kid who is eventually forced to fulfill his birthright after growing up in, then seeming to leave, a family criminal organization associated with a distinctive ethnic minority group in New York, as immortalized in a 1970s movie.

It's essentially The Godfather with earrings.


Our Grade:

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  • Susan Sarandon shows her right breast when her husband tries to force her son to have sex with her.




Eric Roberts was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.

3 TV Guide (of 4 stars)




Box Office Mojo. Domestic gross: $7 million.





6.2 IMDB summary (of 10)



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