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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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Myles Connell

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Myles Connell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Vic Kelly
Peter McDonald ... Michael Lawlor (as Peter Mcdonald)
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Aunt Dee
Kate Burton ... Rest Home Sister
Jim Mayzik ... Rest Home Priest
Vera Farmiga ... Miriam Kelly
Donal Logue ... Pat Duffy
Cyndi Lauper ... Sally Mahon
Paul D'Amato ... Dylan
Wally Dunn ... Harry
Olek Krupa ... Ted Walikaki
Chuck Cooper ... Arnon Morris
John Ortiz ... Ismail Espinoza
José Zúñiga ... Jesus Del Toro (as Jose Zuniga)
Branden Vega Branden Vega ... Tony Del Toro
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Storyline

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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When crime is all you know, you've got to take what you can. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli a... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,967, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$581,142, 5 November 2000
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

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Open the Gates
Written and Performed by Blood
Published by Tavis (BMI)
Courtesy of WordSound Records
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Worth A Look, Good Small Film
7 September 2000 | by max31See all my reviews

This is worth taking a look at. Walken does a commendable job as the small-time crook, now out and self-employed, trying to stay honest fixing cars in a garage. Cindi Lauper is good, piling on a thick NYC accent, first time I've seen her in a movie. She's likeable, very grounded in the movie. The supporting cast is very real. The result is, you don't like many of them a lot. They're average people, and we see them in less than flattering scenes. To that extent, you do like them because they're dealing the best way they know with events.

The movie works, in part because of what it doesn't do. It doesn't make us endure one of those speeches the wife or girlfriend or best pal gives the ex-con, just before he's about to commit to one more heist. Here, Lauper just tells Walken to hit the road, she knows somethings up, and it's gonna spoil the plans they made. Very low-key. No need to get into melodrama, everybody knows the Walken character, they're not going to change his mind with wailing.

I wouldn't drive across town to see the film, but if it's convenient, this is a good character study. It has some humor, too, but only as a byproduct of things going on, not a goal. The tone of it reminded me of the movie, Thief, but only in the sense that we're watching people who live in a realm most of us never go. I'd rather see this kind of movie than another one of those idiotic gross-out comedies.


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