The Opportunists

Institute History


For Michael Nolan, unleashed on the Bronx from Ireland, the American Dream is a get rich quick scheme demanding guile, a good hustle, and a criminal mind. For Victor Kelly, a one time bank robber gone straight, it's working nine to five at his garage, taking care of his elderly Aunt Dierdre, and helping his daughter Miriam through college.

The two of them are thrown together when Michael tracks Victor down and persuades him to mastermind a warehouse robbery. Of course everything goes wrong as Victor has been out of practice for years and Michael's other accomplices turn out to be far from trustworthy. As fate would have it, Michael escapes, leaving the luckless Victor in considerable jeopardy.

Left to confront the trail of disasters in his wake, Michael tries to put things right and ultimately ends up back where he started—penniless in the Bronx, while Victor, Dierdre, and Miriam end up a little richer for their adventure.

The Opportunists is a wry and insightful look into the American Dream, and what it ultimately comes to mean for one young dreamer.

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