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Opportunity Knocks (1990)

 -  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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Eddie
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Milt
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Lou
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Annie
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Max
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Sal
Doris Belack ...
Mona
Sally Gracie ...
Connie
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Pinkie
John M. Watson Sr. ...
Harold Monroe
Beatrice Fredman ...
Bubbie
Thomas McElroy ...
Men's Room Attendant
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Wine Steward
Gene Honda ...
Japanese Businessman
Del Close ...
Williamson
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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 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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30 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Alle tiders chance  »

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$11,359,129 (USA)
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The "IRS Building" demolished near the end of the movie is actually the Baker Hotel in Dallas, Texas which was demolished in the early 1980s to make room for the building that is now known as Whitacre Tower. See more »

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Eddie Farrell: You can't even burry an eight ball, pinkie
Pinkie Morino: Put your money where your mouth is, Chooch
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Features Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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Born To Be Wild
Performed by Dana Carvey
Written by Mars Bonfire (as Mara Bonfire)
Produced by Jai Winding
Staged and Choreographed by Jeffrey Hornaday
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Perfect Hideout????
13 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Opportunity Knocks has Dana Carvey and Todd Graff as a pair of small time grifters who steal a car from loan shark James Tolkan and strip it and junk it. Trouble is that neither of these two lunkheads bothered to look in the trunk where $60,000.00 of Tolkan's collection money is. Needless to say that's got Tolkan upset and he's after these two.

Who take place in a house that looks closed up. But by checking the answering machine find out that the owner has gone to India for three months and the fellow who is supposed to house sit has gotten a sudden job offer and he's blown town. What a perfect hideout.

But then parents Robert Loggia and Sally Belack show up of the owner and Carvey who is alone pretends he's the housesitter and they invite him to lunch at their club. Where Carvey meets Julie Campbell who is their daughter and a doctor. It's the dream of every red blooded American to meet and marry a man/woman of medicine.

The reformed conman is a plot device that's been done quite a lot in film, in one case set to music in The Music Man. But Opportunity Knocks goes way over the top here. Carvey and Graff should have taken their losses and run with a little bit of getaway cash they have courtesy of Loggia. What happens after Carvey gets that out of Loggia is too too absurd.


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