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Opportunity Knocks (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 March 1990 (USA)
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Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone's house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of... See full summary »





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Japanese Businessman


Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone's house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of the country for a month or two and (B) the housesitter supposed to watch the house for the absent owner won't be able to watch the house due to a new job in another part of the country. This provides for a pretty nifty arrangement for Eddie and Lou...until the relatives of the house owner drop by to visit. Eddie quickly adopts the guise of the person supposedly housesitting for the owner, and the shenanigans start from there. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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In the world of cons....Eddie's a pro.




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Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle tiders chance  »

Box Office


$11,359,129 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Dana Carvey's breakout role. See more »


Eddie Farrell: Louis, what the hell do you think you're doing?
Lou Pesquino: Autographing Pinkie's car
Eddie Farrell: That's not very nice. Lets do something nice for the guy. Lets give Pinkie a convertable
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References The Sting (1973) See more »


Good Work
Performed by BoDeans
Written by Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas (as Sam Llanas)
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Always loved this flick
7 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I am a huge Dana Carvey fan. I rem as a youngster making sure I stayed up on Saturday until 10:30pm to see Carvey on SNL. I can't pick just one thing I like so much about him. He's an incredibly gifted individual. His impressions have always been fantastic and the way he delivers his material absolutely kills me. He's one of only a handful of comics that have brought me to tears.

With that said, Opportunity Knocks worked really well for him. It allowed him to use his creativity in his character, Eddie. Whether it's his impersonations or his physical comedy, he shows it throughout the film. Is Opportunity Knocks a brilliant film with Oscar winning performances?? Of course not. It's just a fun movie that allows Carvey to show off his silly humor and it has a nice warm story beneath the surface. I have always enjoyed Opportunity Knocks since the 1st time I saw it in 1990. I own the movie and have watched it countless times. It definitely holds tremendous nostalgic value to me so it's a comfort flick for me, in a lot of ways. If you don't care for Dana Carvey's comedy, then u prob won't really appreciate this film. However, if you're like me, and like Carvey, then you'll certainly enjoy this more...than any of his others. Dana is more Dana in this flick than any other movie he's done. I wish Universal would release this movie on Blu-ray Disc...I'd add it to my Blu-ray movie library, in a second.

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