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The Opportunists (2000)

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A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael 'Mikey' Lawler, aka Michael Kelly (as Peter Mcdonald)
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Diedre 'Dee'
Rest Home Sister
Rest Home Priest
Pat Duffy
Sally Mahon
Paul D'Amato ...
Arnon Morris
Ismail Espinoza
Jesus Del Toro (as Jose Zuniga)
Branden Vega ...
Tony Del Toro


Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she's saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up on his doorstep, the two team up for one last heist. Written by Anonymous

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Crime pays. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli a...  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,967 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$581,142 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When he is using the ratchet wrench, it is turning the bolt when it is clicking. A ratchet clicks on the return stroke not on the tightening stroke. See more »

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Thanks to Ma Connell and the clan. Special thanks to Adele, Bobby and the rest of the gang at Buffa's. See more »


Alone In This House
Written by Joe Flood
Performed by The Flying Neutrinos
Published by Jungle Curry Music
Administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Artists Only Records
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Former safe cracker reluctantly commits another crime to stay solvent.
4 April 2003 | by (Glen Burnie, MD USA) – See all my reviews

I think the writer/director's aim was to make a simple crime story (on a low budget) that had a very credible and believable feel - presenting characters that seem to come from any local neighborhood. At this the movie succeeds.

The scenes and dialogue are carefully crafted and the film as a whole is very well cast and acted. I liked Walken's understated performance. It's consistent with the other actors. Also, it seems more natural and devoid of the self-acknowledging flippancy found in some of his other work.

The movie is low-key, and one can probably see the end coming. Yet someone looking for a caper film without contrived suspense or melodrama - and a little bit of a character study - will find this rewarding.

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