Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Dana Carvey, Robert Loggia, Todd Graff

     
 

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Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey had his first leading role on the big screen in this comedy. Eddie (Carvey) and Lou (Todd Graff) are a pair of small-time con artists deep in debt to Pinkie (Mike Bacarella), a loan shark. During a lean period, Eddie and Lou resort to breaking and entering to make some money, but as they're clearing out a house, theySee more details below

Overview

Saturday Night Live star Dana Carvey had his first leading role on the big screen in this comedy. Eddie (Carvey) and Lou (Todd Graff) are a pair of small-time con artists deep in debt to Pinkie (Mike Bacarella), a loan shark. During a lean period, Eddie and Lou resort to breaking and entering to make some money, but as they're clearing out a house, they overhear the answering machine announce that the owner is away on business for a few weeks -- and the housesitter won't be able to stop by. Eddie and Lou settle in and enjoy their good fortune, which just gets better when Milt (Robert Loggia) pays a visit. Milt assumes that Eddie is the housesitter, who is a close friend of his son. Eddie is soon introduced to Milt's beautiful daughter Annie (Julia Campbell), and Milt decides that Eddie is executive material at his successful manufacturing firm. Soon Eddie starts to wonder if he should go on lying to the people he's come to like -- and there's the little matter of the $60,000 that Eddie and Lou swiped from Pinkie's car. Opportunity Knocks also features Milo O'Shea and James Tolkan.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Dana Carvey vehicle Opportunity Knocks is an amiable but otherwise completely generic mistaken-identity farce. Feeling a special sense of déjà vu may be Robert Loggia, who plays the back-slapping CEO seduced by the fresh business ideas of an impostor (Carvey) -- in other words, the exact same role he played in Big. On the other hand, playing a slightly different role -- to good effect -- is Carvey himself. Too often pigeonholed as an impersonation comic, Carvey is not a good enough one to keep a movie afloat with impressions alone -- as was painfully evident in the 2002 stinker Master of Disguise. Here, he does do a couple funny voices -- the first President Bush and an Indian national among them. But much more often he's just a sympathetic everyman, and he's almost disarmingly likeable when free from his usual array of burdensome character affectations. As with most movies featuring a morally conflicted con artist falling in love with his mark, the script contains any number of moments when the ruse seems too thin to escape notice. But these are mostly tolerable, and the script's greatest sin is what it shares with the production on the whole -- being by the numbers in almost every respect. Sadly, this comedy may qualify as Carvey's best solo (i.e. non-Wayne's World) project, which says more about the SNL alum's lackluster film career than the strength of Opportunity Knocks.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0025192261824
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
1,596

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Includes trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Carvey Eddie Farrell
Robert Loggia Milt Malkin
Todd Graff Lou Pasquino
Julia Campbell Annie Malkin
Milo O'Shea Max
James Tolkan Sal Nichols
Doris Belack Mona
Sally Gracie Connie
Mike Bacarella Pinkie
John M. Watson Harold Monroe
Beatrice Fredman Bubbie
Thomas McElroy Men's Room Attendant
Jack McLaughlin-Gray Wine Steward
Gene Honda Japanese Businessman
Del Close Williamson
Michael Oppenheimer Chase
Paul Greatbatch Driver
Sarajane Avidon Commissioner's Secretary
Mindy Suzanne Bell Executive
Richard Steven Mann Executive
Michelle Johnston Club Singer
Kent Logsdon Sales Associate
Pennington McGee Actor
Mark Ross Jonathan
Ron Max Sal's Associate
Jed Mills Club MC
Bill Bradshaw David
John Cothran Building Commissioner
Tal Galomb Bar Mitzvah Boy
James Hassett Vendor
Mark Hutter Stan
Joshua Livingstone Nathan
Jill Shellabarger Ginger
Adam Jason Weiss Myron
Lorna Raver Johnson Eddie's Secretary
Michelle Quigley Woman at Accident
Judith Scott Milt's Secretary
Rebecca Cagen Bar Mitzvah Band
Don Cagen Bar Mitzvah Band
Paul Dallas Bar Mitzvah Band
Randy Harrah Bar Mitzvah Band
Peter Hennes Bar Mitzvah Band
Steven Zoloto Bar Mitzvah Band

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Sam Barkan Special Effects
Nat Bernstein Screenwriter
David Chapman Production Designer
Nan Cibula Costumes/Costume Designer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Mark Gordon Co-producer
Ray Hartwick Producer
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Rodger Jacobs Makeup
Mitchel Katlin Screenwriter
Virginia Katz Editor
Becky Mancuso Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Meledandri Producer
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Leslie Pope Art Director
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Marion Rothman Editor
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Lucky Guy (Main Titles) [5:45]
2. Karate Kids [3:19]
3. Burglary 101 [5:29]
4. Grand Theft Auto [5:03]
5. Here Comes the Thugs [3:26]
6. Eddie's Playhouse [4:43]
7. Country Club Living [8:12]
8. Eddie Goes Uptown [3:47]
9. A Love Con [3:49]
10. The Bar Mitzvah [4:59]
11. Eddie Gets a Job [3:36]
12. Working for Milt [3:44]
13. Rock Star [6:03]
14. A Taste of Normalcy [5:47]
15. The In-Laws [2:03]
16. Raising the Stakes [2:35]
17. The Con Is On [4:20]
18. Meet the Parents [4:10]
19. The Payoff [4:51]
20. The Final Con (End Credits) [6:13]

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