Opportunity Knocks (film)

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Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity knocks.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Donald Petrie
Produced by Mark Gordon
Brad Grey
Raymond Hartwick
Chris Meledandri
Terry Spazek
Written by Mitchel Katlin
Nat Bernstein
Music by Miles Goodman
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Virginia Katz
Marion Rothman
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 30, 1990 (1990-03-30)
Running time
101 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $11,359,129

Opportunity Knocks is a 1990 comedy film starring Dana Carvey. It was directed by Donald Petrie.


Con men Eddie Farrell and Lou Pesquino need cash fast and pretend to be repair men sent to fix a gas leak. The con fails, but they escape.

Eddie and Lou find an empty house that they decide to burglarize. When they learn from a message on the answering machine that the owner is out of the country and the man who was going to house-sit can't make it, they spend the night.

The next day, Eddie and Lou are on the run from thugs sent by local gangster Sal Nichols, to whom they owe money. After they find themselves separated, Eddie takes refuge in the empty house.

In the morning, Eddie walks out of the shower and meets Mona Malkin, whose son owns the house. She assumes Eddie is her son's friend Jonathan Albertson, the one supposed to house-sit. Eddie plays along, meeting Mona's businessman husband Milt, who offers him a job.

Eddie decides to run a "love con" on Milt's daughter Annie in order to gain access to Milt's money. However, Lou is captured by Nichols.

Eddie and his aunt Connie and uncle Max conspire to get Nichols off their backs for good. Along the way, Eddie falls in love with Annie.



Box Office[edit]

The movie was not a success.[1]


The song "Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World" by Johnny Clegg is featured over the end credits.


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