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
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Critic Reviews for 29th Street
...peppered with sequences that are either overlong or entirely superfluous.
Offers some interesting new twists on the well-worn theme of father-son conflicts.
Shoots for Capraesque and falls well short ... but still worth watching on cable one boring night.
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