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29th Street (1991)

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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 <>

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Comedy | Drama

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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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$2,120,564 (USA)

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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 Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2014 (2014) See more »


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"The Blue Grass of Kentucky"
29 October 2004 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

29th Street is a cult hit and one of the most underrated films of all time. It is the touching story about a nice Italian guy who is at the same time blessed and cursed with good fortune. The acting in this film is 1st rate. Everyone nails their role down. Danny Aiello, Robert Forster, Lani Kazan are magnificent, but the actor who steals the show is Anthony LaPaglia.

The film combines Old School Italian-American humor with traces of mob genre films to tell the story about the 1st ever New York State Lottery winner in 1976 Frank Pesce(LaPaglia). The script is 1st rate, George Gallo's directing is excellent, the music is perfect for the film.

Pay attention to the scene when Frank and his pals go to the draft physical in order to apply to the Vietnam war. IT IS SO FUNNY!!

This is the type of film that you can watch over and over again. My buddies and I continuously quote this film. Enjoy and you will feel a lump in your throat @ the end of the film.

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