The Opportunists (2000)

The Opportunists (2000)



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A young Irish immigrant from Dublin, now settled in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, tries to seduce a former gangster who's now a struggling family man back into a life of crime by declaring he's his cousin.
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Christopher Walken
as Victor Kelly
Peter McDonald
as Michael Lawler
Cyndi Lauper
as Sally Mahon
Vera Farmiga
as Miriam Kelly
Donal Logue
as Pat Duffy
Tom Noonan
as Mort Stein
Anne Pitoniak
as Aunt Diedre
Jose Zuniga
as Jesus
Olek Krupa
as Ted Walikaki
Wally Dunn
as Harry
Chuck Cooper
as Arnon Morris
Claudia Shear
as Gladys
Kate Burton
as Rest Home Sister
Jim Mayzie
as Rest Home Priest
Jerry Grayson
as Tom Hansome
John Ortiz
as Ismail Espinoza
Rosalyn Coleman
as Kevin's Partner
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Critic Reviews for The Opportunists

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Walken. Lauper. Silly heist and regional accents. See.

October 20, 2004

Here we have a bittersweet little character study masquerading as a caper flick.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

slow slow pace

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Hollywood Report Card

Directed on snooze control by Myles Connell.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Internet Reviews

What's there not to like about this robbery film!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The whole film is distributed with bursts of short dialogue that, coupled to the actors' gestures, reveal the people in minimum time.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Opportunists


A character-driven crime drama featuring Christopher Walken in one of his more subtle roles. The performances are great but the story is on a mild side.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Christopher Walken plays the role of Vic, a reformed criminal whos luck seems to have run out of him. Before he spent time in the slammer, his specialty was cracking safes, now hes just trying to live an honest life, working as an automechanic. --- Vic is in a rut, he cant make ends meet, hes in debt and although tries to make things right, everything seems to be working against him.

Cyndi Lauper pops in every now and then throughout the movie as Vics girlfriend. She tries to offer Vic some help and advice but always gets turned down.

A low key flick through and through, watching this reminded me of "The Savages" mainly because of the pace and mood of some of the scenes. Theres an ordinary feel about the whole set, but I guess thats what makes this film beautiful.

Im very suprised that Cyndi Lauper can actually act, she looks so mersmerizing too.

Directed by: Myles Connell
Genre: Drama

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

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Contains ample dry humor and its share of surprising turns, but they operate on a human level rather than with the kind of empty flash we've come to expect from the post-Tarantino crime flicks.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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