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King of the Gypsies [VHS]
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Some of the most interesting scenes in the film are during Dave's childhood, when he helps his mother steal diamonds from an upscale jewelry store. Throughout, he is a reluctant gypsy. He and his sister, played by a young Brook Shields, are never sent to school, never learn to read and write. As he matures, he has some important choices to make. The film moves swiftly, from beginning to end. There was action, violence, and a sense of the special kind of families that gypsies have. They live outside of the mainstream of society and have their own special rituals and rules. It was an education for me. Here there is music, dancing, partying. Here there are customs that are in direct opposition to the law. There is comedy, conflict, and tension throughout. But yet the family ties and love shine through.
Fine acting. Fine writing. Fine story. Recommended.
To be honest, King of the Gypsies is not a bad film at all. It's actually quite entertaining. The problem is it's just not epic enough to suit the material. Google the term "King of the Gypsies" or look it up on wikipedia and you will begin to see just how interesting the subject material truly is. Pierson mainly became a television/cable film director. Gypsies has that unmistakable "TV film" feel to it (despite cinematography by the late, great Sven Nykvist) when it should have felt more cinematic like The Godfather. That is the conflict that went on in my mind the entire time I was watching this film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw the movie when it first came out and thought it was good then I feel the same way now. Thank youPublished 5 months ago by Jean M. Porro
I saw this one at the theater when it first came out in 1978 and I enjoyed it. It was the first outing for Eric Roberts and he did a great job. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
This movie has an all star cast & they all are superb in their roles! It's about a family of gypsies. It's such a great movie & I highly recommend it to all!Published 8 months ago by Barbie Doll
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