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29th Street (1991)

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Frank's been lucky from the day, he was born. So why's he throwing rocks at a church after winning $6,200,000 in 1976 NYC lottery? He tells his story at the police station.


George Gallo


Frank Pesce (story), James Franciscus (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Frank Pesce, Sr.
Anthony LaPaglia ... Frank Pesce, Jr.
Lainie Kazan ... Mrs. Pesce
Frank Pesce ... Vito Pesce
Robert Forster ... Sgt. Tartaglia
Ron Karabatsos ... Philly the Nap
Rick Aiello ... Jimmy Vitello
Vic Manni Vic Manni ... Louie Tucci
Paul Lazar ... Needle Nose Nipton
Pete Antico ... Tony
Donna Magnani ... Madeline Pesce
Darren Bates Darren Bates ... Sal Las Benas
Tony Sirico ... Chink Fortunado
Richard K. Olsen ... Father Lowery
Richard Cerenzio 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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Did You Know?


Frank Pesce and Danny Aiello were also in a movie together in the 1980s called Defiance. They played neighborhood friends. See more »


When young Frank is getting the ticket out of his dresser drawer and arguing with older Frank, the drawer is open and closed depending on the view of the shot. See more »


[repeated line]
Frank Pesce, Sr.: I am not a loser! I am not a loser!
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Italian Concerto
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Conrad Andriani
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My wifes uncle plays Irv the pawnbroker in this film!
23 September 2004 | by pfcoleSee all my reviews

I have always liked this film. Imagine my surprise when I found out my

wifes uncle is in the movie! He plays Irv the pawnbroker. I had seen it a bunch of times before I found this out. He is the guy who sells Frank the lottery ticket. There are some great scenes in this film. The one where they are going to pick up the insurance check for their car that was "stolen" Ha! Ha!. is a classic. I have always liked Danny Aiello. He is one of the great Character actors of all time. And Anthoney Lapaglia is a solid actor also. The real Frank Pesce is also in the movie. You might recognize him from Beverly hills Cop with Eddie Murphy and other films of the like.

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Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

29th Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$431,660, 3 November 1991

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1.85 : 1
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