29th Street (1991)
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Let’s go back to 1991 for a movie that just got better with time.
In 1976, Frank Pesce Jr. (Anthony LaPaglia) is a lucky man.
His father, Frank Sr. (Danny Aiello) on the other hand… not so lucky.
NYC begins to offer, for the first time, a ‘lottery’, legalized gambling through a lottery (which is about as common as air today).
Frank Jr. buys a lottery ticket and finds that he has a good chance of winning. But Frank Sr. has some gambling debts to the mob and they are willing to take Frank Jr.’s ticket to erase them. Frank must decide what to do with the ticket.
While the movie only did a little over 2.1 million dollars at the box office, it’s a cult classic now.
Source: Sal Amato