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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 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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Crime pays. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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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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Ransome's Car Music
Written and Performed by Bob Riley
Published by Green Grass Music (ASCAP)
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Very little action, but fine "character study" starring Christopher Walken.
8 August 2001 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

Christopher Walken and his girlfriend played by Cindi lauper are both New Yorkers so I'm certain they both felt right at home in their roles. Many who like fast action, snappy dialog types of films will be bored with this one. However, for those like me who enjoy a great, well-developed character study carried out in about 88 minutes, this is worth a viewing.

Walken plays a safe-cracker who has served his time and trying to go straight, working as a mechanic, and paying for his old aunt to stay in a home run by nuns. Always on the verge of debt, the sale of his car is saboutaged by someone wanting to get him to do one more job, the safe at the armored car office. So, pressured from all sides, he agrees.

In the safe, his halpess "helper", posing as a cousin from Ireland, gets Walken trapped and caught by the cops. He gets out of it when the business owner, who also runs an illegal laundering operation, fails to press charges. We see walken going back into Lauper's bar, presumably to live straight from then on.

The story thus is sorta victimless. Although Walken and the others are helped by the one money bag that is successfully stolen by the Irish guy, then split up, it was money illegally gotten. We are, I suppose, to forgive Walken because he had no choice. The most interesting scene was where he was practicing "cracking" the 3 different safe combinations within 6 minutes to avoid setting off the alarm.

The DVD is "budget" all the way - Dolby AC-3 sound, no menu, no extras. However, the sound and picture are not deficient, given the formats. Just a well-acted, low-budget film, and I enjoyed it.


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