Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked Film: 29th Street

Hey folks! Sorry for the lack of posting this month, but I've had quite a lot to catch up on, and posting may continue to be spotty the next couple of weeks, but I hope to crank things up throughout the holidays. Speaking of which, we get a small taste of the holidays with this week's Tuesday's Overlooked Film: the 1991 comedy 29th Street.

29th Street stars Anthony LaPaglia as real life New Yorker Frank Pesche, a young starry-eyed individual who doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up, which is a problem considering he is a grown-up. Frank's drifting from one job to another while he finds his footing in life bothers his hard-working father (played by Danny Aiello), who has problems of his own due to running small jobs for the mob.

One unique thing about Frank: he seemingly has a lifelong string of good luck, literally from birth all the way to December 1976, when he becomes the first person to win the New York State Lottery. Yet in Frank's eyes, his good luck can sometimes appear to be a curse.

The film is a life-affirming, warm-hearted account of one man's true story (at least true by Hollywood standards) that also deals with the bonds between father and son. The real life Frank eventually became an actor. He appears in the film as his own brother, a police officer, and co-wrote the screenplay.

Unfortunately, the film is currently out of print, so you'll need to find a used copy or give your TV listings a search. Here is the film's trailer. Thanks!

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