29th Street

29th Street

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Director: George Gallo

Cast: Danny Aiello, Anthony LaPaglia, Lainie Kazan

     
 

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A hybrid cross-pollination of a Martin Scorsese and Frank Capra film, this feel-good comic fantasy is loosely based on the real-life story of a New York lottery winner. Anthony LaPaglia stars as Frank Pesce Jr., a New Yorker with a good-luck streak that is unmatched in his Little Italy neighborhood. When Frank throws a pair of dice in a game of chance, he doesn't just… See more details below

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A hybrid cross-pollination of a Martin Scorsese and Frank Capra film, this feel-good comic fantasy is loosely based on the real-life story of a New York lottery winner. Anthony LaPaglia stars as Frank Pesce Jr., a New Yorker with a good-luck streak that is unmatched in his Little Italy neighborhood. When Frank throws a pair of dice in a game of chance, he doesn't just toss a winning hand, the dice land on top of each other. When he's stabbed in the chest by a girlfriend's brother, his doctors find a pre-cancerous tumor. Although he tries again and again to get rid of a vehicle he no longer wants, it is retrieved every single time by the authorities. So when New York announces its first statewide lottery in 1976, Frank buys one ticket and immediately becomes everybody's best friend. Unfortunately, Frank's good luck is matched by the equally bad luck of his hard-working father, Frank Sr. (Danny Aiello), who has run up a gambling debt to a local mobster. The wise guy is willing to forgive the note if Frank Jr. will just hand over his sure-to-be lucky ticket, leaving the city's luckiest Italian-American in a bit of a moral quandary. The real Frank Pesce Jr. executive produces and co-stars in 29th Street as his own police officer brother, Vito.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Bubbling with good-natured charm, the directorial debut of Midnight Run screenwriter George Gallo breezes along on a likable current of cheer, buoyed by excellent performances from leads Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia. Although the ostensible plot involves the first New York State lottery winner and is based on a true story, the real fun of Gallo's film is its depiction of an Italian-American clan in a humorous, blessedly nonviolent manner. Without a doubt, the characters in this film owe a debt to the wise guys who came before in the films of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. On the one hand, they're from the same world: They argue, love, eat, and work heatedly, and they scheme after better lives by performing duties somewhat outside the legal boundaries of society's rules, adhering to their own set of eccentric standards. The difference is that the characters here are not murderers, crooks, and criminals, but working-class salt of the Earth types with dreams both large and small, people that would have been instantly recognizable to Frank Capra. Despite a formulaic and somewhat anecdotal script, perhaps to be expected since it's loosely based on someone's real-life biography, 29th Street is a triumph because it never loses focus on what's best about it: Its full-bodied, amusing cast of big-as-life characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/1993
UPC:
0086162187438
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Aiello Frank Pesce Sr.
Anthony LaPaglia Frank Pesce Jr.
Lainie Kazan Mrs. Pesce
Frank Pesce Vito Pesce
Donna Magnani Madeline Pesce
Rick Aiello Jimmy Vitello
Vic Manni Louie Tucci
Ron Karabatsos Philly the Nap
Robert Forster Sergeant Tartaglia
Richard Olsen Father Lowery
George "Aggie" Anest Joe Numbers
Nicky "Pop" Anest Tommy the Geep
Vito "Baldie" Boccanfuso Johnny Cake
Ted Cleanthes Pit Boss
Louis Di Giaimo Actor
Joe Gironda Carmine Tucci
Gloria Mann Actor
William Phillips Lottery Finalist
Paul Lazar Needle Nose Nipton
Pete Antico Tony
Darren Bates Sal Las Benas
Tony Sirico Chink Fortunado
Richard Cerenzio Dom the Bomb
Philip Ciccone Rocky Sav
Vic Noto Auggie Falcone
Sal Ruffino Angelo
Sam Shamshack Irv the Pawnbroker
Adam LaVorgna Frankie-Age 8
Frank Acciarto Jimmy-Age 8
Don Blakely Sergeant Jones
Hope Alexander-Willis Lucy Sills
Leonard Termo Dr. Puccini
Lou Criscuolo Ticket Buyer
Karen Duffy Maria Rios
Julie Lott Julie the Usherette
David Ferraro Cousin Leo
Vincent Chase Army Eye Doctor
Shirley Swanger Nun
Tom Ellis Newscaster
Mario Todisco Zipper's Bodyguard
Richard Tacchino Social Club Waiter
Rocco Savastano Social Club Bartender
Jerry Guarino Chickens
Bill Ricci Mickey the Dwarf
Anne Sterling Maternity Nurse
Joe Roberto Patrolman Tollen
Jim Ondatje 2nd Patrolman
Tony Monte Jesus Rios
Jessen Noviello Needle Nose-Age 8
Charles Haugk Tucci's Driver
Alexander Fehr Blue Baby on Train
Ingrid van Dorn Nurse
Giovanni Gianoni Italian Wedding Band Singer
Lee Boyd Italian Wedding Band Member
Cecil McKiethen Italian Wedding Band Member
Jerome Alfano Italian Wedding Band Member
Eugene Kobisky Italian Wedding Band Member
Joe Franklin Himself
Tony Lip Nicky Bad Lungs
Vincent Curto Zippers Bad Lungs

Technical Credits
George Gallo Director,Screenwriter
Danny Aiello Stunts
Jerry A. Baerwitz Executive Producer,Production Designer
Ellen Erwin Co-producer
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Kaja Fehr Editor
Steven Fierberg Cinematographer
James Franciscus Associate Producer
Pierce Gardner Associate Producer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Katie Jacobs Associate Producer
Dayna Lee Art Director
David Permut Producer
Frank Pesce Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Hugh Scaife Set Decoration/Design
William Olvis Score Composer
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

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