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29th Street (1991)




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The story of Frank Pesce, the blue-collar worker who won six million dollars in New York's first state lottery, is told with equal parts pathos and hilarity in 29th Street. Danny Aiello plays Pesce, who, despite many deprivations, has always believed that good luck has dictated the course of his life. Rather than concentrate on Pesce after his windfall, the film takes place on the night of the lottery drawing with the protagonist reflecting on his past experiences. The best scenes involve Aiello and his screen son Anthony LaPaglia. The real Frank Pesce appears in the film as his own older brother, Vito. Also on hand is inelucatable New York talk-show host Joe Franklin. Based on the autobiography by Pesce and James Franciscus, 29th Street represents the film directorial debut of screenwriter George Gallo.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Gallo, Frank Pesce
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On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Danny Aiello
as Frank Pesce, Sr.
Anthony LaPaglia
as Frank Pesce, Jr.
Lainie Kazan
as Mrs. Pesce
Donna Magnani
as Madeline
Robert Forster
as Sergeant Tartaglia
Ron Karabatsos
as Philly the Nap
Vic Manni
as Louie Tucci
Paul Lazar
as Needle Nose Nipton
Darren Bates
as Sal Las Benas
Tony Sirico
as Chink Fortunado
Richard K. Olsen
as Father Lowery
Richard Cerenzio
as Dom the Bomb
Philip Ciccone
as Rocky Sav
Joe Gironda
as Carmine Tucci
Joey Gironda
as Carmine Tucci
Vic Noto
as Auggie Falcone
Sam Shamshack
as Irv the Pawnbroker
Adam LaVorgna
as Frankie (age 8)
Frank Acciarto
as Jimmy (age 8)
Don Blakely
as Sergeant Jones
Leonard Termo
as Dr. Puccini
Lou Criscuolo
as Ticket Buyer
Karen Duffy
as Maria Rios
Julie Lott
as Julie the Usherette
David Ferraro
as Cousin Leo
Ted Cleanthes
as Pit Boss
Vincent Chase
as Army Eye Doctor
Tom Ellis
as Newscaster
Tony Lipp
as Nicky Bad Lungs
Vinnie Curto
as Zippers Bad Lungs
Mario Todisco
as Zippers's Bodyguard
Richard Tacchino
as Social Club Waiter
Rocco Savastano
as Social Club Bartende...
Jerry Guarino
as Chickens
Bill Ricci
as Mickey the Dwarf
Nicky "Pop" Anest
as Tommy the Geep
Anne Sterling
as Maternity Nurse
William Phillips
as Lottery Finalist
Joe Roberto
as Patrolman Tollen
Jim Ondatje
as 2nd Patrolman
Tony Monte
as Jesus Rios
Jessen Noviello
as Needle Nose (age 8)
Charles Haugk
as Tucci's Driver
Alexander Fehr Blue
as Baby on Train
Giovanni Gianoni
as Italian Wedding Band...
Lee Boyd
as Italian Wedding Band...
Cecil McKiethen
as Italian Wedding Band...
Jerome Alfano
as Italian Wedding Band...
Eugene Kobisky
as Italian Wedding Band...
Joe Franklin
as Himself
Tony Lip
as Nicky Bad Lungs
Vincent Curto
as Zippers Bad Lungs
Tom Ellis
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for 29th Street

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | November 1, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for 29th Street

This is an all time classic. Most people probrably never saw or heard about this movie but they should watch it right away. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

It's a shame that more people don't know about this film. I suppose most reviews start out this way, but it's true; once you've seen this unknown treaure you just want to share it with everybody who enjoys good movies. 29th STREET is the more or less true story of Frank Pesce Jr. winner of $6.2 million dollars in the first New York State lottery and of his very New York Italian family--if you've ever lived next door to one you know what I mean; everything is screamed rather than spoken, certain expletives are used liberally, a casual question turns into World War III, and they have a unique attitude toward the mafia. (Our next door neighbors all managed to move to Florida based on their father's career running numbers for the mob. Guess the lottery killed that job.) Anyhow, 29th STREET is advertised as "GOODFELLAS meets IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE", and I can see why they make that claim. It's a feel good kind of movie with no death and no violence inspite of the mafia's presence--the whole thing has a sort of Damon Runyon flavor to it in that respect. But its real story centers around Pesce's family and in particular his relationship with his father. This movie has got it all, it's funny, its touching, and the acting is Oscar worthy with truly stunning performances from Danny Aiello as the father and Australian born Anthony LaPaglia as the son. Try it, you'll like it. (By the way, before you get bent out of shape, I'm half Italian too.)

karen shaub

"29th Street" is the semi-autobiographical account of the life of Frank Pesce (who stars in the role of his own brother in the movie), a directionless, young Italian-American who hits it lucky when he is entered in the first ever New York State lottery.

Everyone is convinced that Frank is going to win such has been the amazing luck he has experienced during his life. Compare this to his hard-working, blue collar father who has endured, rather than enjoyed, his.

While the screenplay is solid and deals well with the opposing issues of love and resentment, it's the two central performances that primarily shine. Anthony LaPaglia (playing Frank) became my favourite actor once I saw this movie in 1992. His ability to play different shades, delivers goosepimples as he delivers his lines. It's a masterful performance by a man as relatively inexperienced as he was then.

Screen veteran Danny Aiello (playing his father), is perfectly cast as an honest but occasionally maladroit man whose influence over his family visibly decreases by the day.

"29th Street" is an engaging sleeper hit.

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