Based on the life of Frank Pesce (Danny Aiello), an actor who won $6 million in the first New York State Lottery in 1976, this comedy focuses on the tight-knit Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn where Pesce grew up. It's also the story of how those gigantic winnings ended up becoming a curse of sorts (a case of "be careful what you wish for").
- Stars:Danny Aiello, Anthony LaPaglia, Lainie Kazan, Frank Pesce, Robert Forster, Ron Karabatsos, Rick Aiello, Vic Manni, Paul Lazar, Pete Antico, Donna Magnani, Darren Bates, Tony Sirico, Richard K. Olsen, Richard Cerenzio,
- Country:USA, Japan
- Director:George Gallo,
- Writer:Frank Pesce (story), James Franciscus (story), George Gallo (screenplay)
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29th Street torrent reviews
(br) wrote: First Hit: Having watched a few of Roberto Duran's bouts, it was interesting to know more about the man who had "Hands of Stone".If you don't like boxing, you probably won't like this film as there are a fair number of boxing sequences in this film and it is not easy to watch people getting punched. Duran (Edgar Ramirez) is first shown as a boy attempting to keep himself and his family fed. He runs the streets and steals from the Americans by taking guava's from the trees in the canal zone. Like most other Panamanians, he is resentful of U.S. presence in the canal zone. Although the Panamanian and U.S. governments' agreed to U.S. ownership of the canal zone, there is widespread resentment. This is important because when he fights in the U.S. he's battling both the U.S. government's oppressive nature to Panamanians and his opponent. In the case of the flamboyant USA Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) he created a massive dislike and even insulted his wife Juanita (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) as a part of his strategy to get under Leonard's skin. Teaching him how to be a great boxer and to fully use his given talents is Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro). Because of previous entanglements with the mob who had a lot of control over boxing, he trained Duran for free. This film explores Duran's relationship with Felicidad Iglesias (Ana de Armas) who ended up marrying him. The film also explores his hunger to fight and what happens when he wins more than he ever thought he would. This film tells a story.Ramirez was very good as Duran and made his journey believable. De Niro was fantastic as Roberto's father figure as well as trainer. Raymond was strong as Ray Leonard. His movement around the ring and engaging personality were mirrors of the very public character he was playing. Armas was wonderful as Duran's tested wife. How she continued to show up to him was great. Smollett-Bell was good as Leonard's wife. John Turturro was good in a small role as the mob heavy putting pressure on Arcel. Ellen Barkin was very good as Stephanie Arcel, Ray's wife. Pedro Perez did a wonderful job as Duran's lifelong trainer. Ruben Blades is perfectly pushy as the money man behind Duran. Jonathan Jakubowicz wrote and directed this film. I thought that the script was very good and brought out an interesting story. The direction of the scenes was especially strong in the ring.Overall: If you like or interested in boxing in the late 1970s and early 1980s this is definitely worth seeing.
(jp) wrote: An elegantly crafted and intelligent bildungsroman.
(jp) wrote: It's a revelation to hear the voices of all your friends and to learns their real faces as well.
(es) wrote: Pretty cheesy but enjoyable. You end having a good time !
(jp) wrote: I think it goes without saying the first Street Kings is better. Maybe I'm biased. The first one was based in LA and featured a slew of celebrity cameos from familiar actors and rappers whereas this sequel is based in Detroit with completely different characters, only four of which I actually recognize. I did enjoy this film, but its a plot that could've easily been used on an episode of, say, Southland. Which brings me to my next issue: Shawn Hatosy just seemed to be playing a calmer version of his cop character from the TV series, minus the crazy wife or calming partner. This is one of those movies you watch late at night when nothing else is on and you're just in the mood for a cop drama. There was nothing very remarkable about this film, it was light on laughs, and the violence was what you'd expect in a cop film. Again, I might just be losing interest in cop films due to the advent of CSI, Law & Order and the like. I was entertained, but I see why it was straight-to-DVD. It was nothing special.
(ru) wrote: Awesome crossover! Would've rated it higher if they had used more of the heroes' actual decks.
(it) wrote: It's far more ridiculous than the first one! To look past the silliness of talking, breathing cars they introduced spy cars and royal cars. What were the creators of "Cars" on when they first thought of all these?One simply can only continue wondering. The length of these movies is too tiring, it feels like they take forever. McQueen was sidelined by his best buddy, this was supposed to be a lesson in friendship, but became a big mess. Pixar and Disney can do so much better if they forget about money-making.
(mx) wrote: Robert Redford has a special quality to find good stories in the past and look to them in a new perspective. Close to 3.5.
(nl) wrote: he got 24 demons left...mebbe in the next movie...?
(es) wrote: Worse than i was expecting. I only picked it up because Keira Knightly was in it but it was not worth the $10 i paid for it. Granted she was young when she made this her acting wasn't all that great. The script was thin which made the story nonsensical.
(de) wrote: Julianne Moore has rarely been better than she is here as she slowly but surely crumbles to pieces. "Safe" contains many possible interpretations, none of them alleviate the film's terrifying ambiguity and trenchant observations on class, paranoia and the "women's role."
(mx) wrote: Good for a French movie.
(fr) wrote: WANT TO WATCH, ONE OF MY FAVORITE OLD TIME MOVIES!!
(jp) wrote: One of my favorite old movies.
(de) wrote: Jim O'Connolly's enjoyable fantasy adventure which takes place in Mexico, circa 1900, where a struggling wild west circus show makes an efforts to boost it's attendance by trying to find something special for its show, the owner T.J. Breckenridge, well-played by Gila Golan, has found a tiny horse which turns out to be a prehistoric Eohippus, which comes from the legendary Forbidden Valley which is filled with prehistoric creatures. This discovery leads to the idea of capturing some of the dinosaurs and putting them on display in a traveling circus to make big money. One of the bigger ones known as Gwangi, is an Allosaurus, a large bipedal super-lethal predator that after an extremely long chase that sidetracks to a bloody battle with a Styracosaurus is captured and put on display in the new show, only escape and go on a murderous rampage through a nearby town. The late great Ray Harryhausen's impressive special effects animation is the film's highlight, there is good direction by O' Connolly, and fine performances from James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, and Freda Jackson. Erwin Hillier's cinematography, and Jerome Moross' superb score all add up to an immensely entertaining forgotten gem of a film. Recommended.
(ru) wrote: An absolute mess from start to finish.
(fr) wrote: Rupert Everett helped give it a higher ranking. His character and how he portrayed him was very entertaining.
(de) wrote: Anyone who says that the skateboard jousting match isn't the greatest thing ever is out of his/her mind. This movie is completely off the wall and ridiculous and yet the makers were so earnest about showing "youth culture" ... hilarious. If only there was a rec centre in danger, this would have been the ultimate 80's movie.