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Opportunity Knocks (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 March 1990 (USA)
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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
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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
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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 "gas" furnace in the beginning of the movie is obviously an oil burning furnace from the type of piping and regulator shown See more »

Quotes

Eddie Farrell: You do not talk when I am talking.
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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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A squandered opportunity
27 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Opportunity Knocks" is very much a movie of its time. Apart from the fact that it stars then-hot Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey, it has the general feel of an 80's comedy (though it was actually released early in 1990).

Carvey plays a struggling con-man who charms his way into the lives of an upper class family after they mistake him for a friend of their son. He soon hits it off with both the businessman father (Robert Loggia) and the reserved daughter (Julia Campbell), though his growing attachment is destined to end in the exposure of his deception. To make matters worse, he's got a dangerous loan shark hounding him for $60,000 that he doesn't have.

The acting is mostly decent but certainly nothing to write home about. Carvey gets ample opportunity to showcase his varied comedic skills, though he could have used some better writing to work with. Robert Loggia & Julia Campbell both do well in their respective roles but the rest of the cast is unremarkable at best and below par at worst.

Donald Petrie's direction is capable but not particularly memorable. He's actually directed a few above average rom-coms in his career but this one isn't one of them. The soundtrack includes a couple of good selections but these are overshadowed by some dated music and an embarrassing karaoke rendition of "Born to be Wild".

Ultimately, "Opportunity Knocks" is a passable time-waster but it too often strays into cliché and unbelievability. Even as a Dana Carvey vehicle, it pales next to the "Wayne's World" movies which were yet to come.


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