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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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One lucky decision....
25 December 2002 | by (Maryland Heights, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Well here it is Christmas Day and I was just flipping through the channels. We don't have cable, so there wasn't much to choose from. I happened to stop on the end of a showing of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and by chance I decided to see the next movie that was showing-29th STREET.

This is a great movie, 10 out of 10. I have to say that first of all. I'm assuming this isn't the most well known of movies because it's not something I've ever heard of. I recommend it though. Despite some rough language (which was edited out of the tv viewing I got to see), it is a great family film. Did you like MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING? This film manages to capture that same ethnic family feeling, though in this film it is Italian, not Greek. The family, with Danny Aiello as the father, is charming in all it's quirkiness. I laughed a lot at the subtle humor that came out of the daily lives of the Pesce family.

The acting in the film is terrific. The characters are well developed in the writing and the actors used this to the fullest in bringing them to life. I was amazed to see that Frank Pesce actually plays in the movie in a fairly large role as the brother Vito. He does a good job. Anthony LaPaglia is excellent too. You'd think he'd really grown up in NYC with that accent of his.

If you happen to catch this on tv or see it at a movie rental place, don't pass it up. The story is simple-the world's luckiest man as he grows up. The ending runs high with emotion as you come to see the results of the decisions that this lucky man and his family makes. In the end though, it's a great holiday film, showing the true love that families have. It's great to see men (fathers) with lots of love and emotion for their families!

Check this out :D

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