29th Street (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 November 1991 (USA)
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Frank Pesce is the luckiest man alive in spite of his bad luck. Based on a true story, a man growing up in a tough New York neighborhood has a gift for finding himself in the worst possible... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Pesce, Sr.
Frank Pesce, Jr.
Mrs. Pesce
Vito Pesce
Sgt. Tartaglia
Philly the Nap
Jimmy Vitello
Vic Manni ...
Louie Tucci
Paul Lazar ...
Needle Nose Nipton
Donna Magnani ...
Madeline Pesce
Darren Bates ...
Sal Las Benas
Chink Fortunado
Father Lowery
Richard Cerenzio ...
Dom the Bomb


Frank Pesce is the luckiest man alive in spite of his bad luck. Based on a true story, a man growing up in a tough New York neighborhood has a gift for finding himself in the worst possible jams...and always getting out. He is the first New York Lottery winner. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

29-та улицa  »

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Box Office


$2,120,564 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Rocky Savv was an extra and can be seen at the end when Danny Aiello tells Anthony LaPaglia that he has the ticket. See more »


The toy car that Frank rides in was an 1980s model Corvette, but the time-line was 1976. See more »


[repeated line]
Frank Pesce, Sr.: I am not a loser! I am not a loser!
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Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »


Just in Time
Written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Miracle on...
22 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film many years ago I had no idea it was based on the true story of how Frank Pesce Jr. won the lottery, so it came as a bit of a surprise when I bought the DVD a couple of weeks ago and found out that it was. It's a lovely, funny, poignant film about the relationship between father(Aiello) and youngest offspring (LaPaglia). As a seasoned film actor Aiello puts in a solid performance. More interestingly LaPaglia who must have been approx 34 and hadn't yet made those many films up to this point is staggeringly good at portraying Frank Pesce from age 16 to mid twenties. This is definitely one of his classier performances. I particularly liked the running joke about the father's pizzas. Also of interest is that the real life Frank Pesce plays his own older brother!! All in all the film is a little miracle.

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