Opportunity Knocks

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 ...
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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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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Includes trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • UPC: 025192261824
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,866

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 Sr. 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
Bill Bradshaw David
Don Cagen Bar Mitzvah Band
Rebecca Cagen Bar Mitzvah Band
John Cothran Jr. Building Commissioner
Paul Dallas Bar Mitzvah Band
Tal Galomb Bar Mitzvah Boy
Randy Harrah Bar Mitzvah Band
James Hassett Vendor
Peter Hennes Bar Mitzvah Band
Mark Hutter Stan
Lorna Raver Johnson Eddie's Secretary
Joshua Livingstone Nathan
Kent Logsdon Sales Associate
Ron Max Sal's Associate
Pennington McGee
Jed Mills Club MC
Michelle Quigley Woman at Accident
Mark Ross Jonathan
Judith Scott Milt's Secretary
Jill Shellabarger Ginger
Adam Jason Weiss Myron
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Deleted Scenes
         Fast Money
         Wasted Talent
         Indecent Exposure (Alternate Version)
         The Yearbook
         "Make Us Proud, Eddie"
         The Men's Room Attendant (Alternate Version)
         The Netherlands
         The Golf Outting
         Eddie's Magic
         Yiddish 101
         "You Really Think I'm Charming?"
         Jewish Humor
         The Synagogue
         The Picnic
         Dim Sum Connection
         The Marketing Meeting
         Lou's Playroom
         Neighbor's Loot
         Back on the Con
      Teaser Trailer
      Recommendations
   Language
      Spoken Language
         English
         Français
      Captions & Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Español
         Français
         None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    A definite must-see!

    True, it's kind of an ''older'' movie, but Dana Carvey truly shines in this role. His many voices and expressions had me laughing the entire movie, down to the very last car-crash con. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for a hilarious movie with tons of comedy and a touch of romance. :-)

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