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The In-Laws (1979)

On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.

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Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
Carmine Caridi ...
Angie
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Mr. Hirschorn
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Bing Wong
Barbara Dana ...
Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos ...
Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Edgardo (as Alvaro Carcano)
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In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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While the Father of the Bride was extracting a molar from Mrs. Cohen, the Father of the Groom was extracting $20 Million from the U.S. Mint. And this was only the beginning. See more »


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12 September 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Zwei in Teufels Küche  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,200,000
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Trivia

When Vince is in the taxi heading to his office, there's a cigarette ad with Peter Falk as "Columbo". See more »

Goofs

There are continuity errors while Ricardo and Kornpett get in and out of Senator Jesus Braunschweiger's Mercedes. While searching for the keys, the rear passenger window is shot out. In the next scene, they exit the driver's side door, but the window is restored. Later, while driving away from the airport, the rear window is shot out in two places, although there is only one rifle shot heard. In a later shot, as the car drives away, the rear window is mostly removed instead of the two holes shot out earlier. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon: I have flames on my car. I HAVE FLAMES ON MY CAR!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Slime People (1989) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Written by William Cool White
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Director Arthur Hiller presses all the right buttons with this one
7 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

I've just seen this film for the third time - the first was in 1979 when it was in the cinemas, the second was in 1989, and last night - 1999. And each time I've loved it. Somehow it catches just the right note early on, and manages to maintain it right thru the film.

I think the character of Vince (Peter Falk) is the key. At the start of the film we are convinced that he is a loud-mouthed schmuck with criminal tendencies, embarrassing and unpleasant to be around. This image slowly begins to crack, and although his behavior doesn't change one iota from start to finish, our perception of him does. So much so that by the close of the film we come to see him as a man of heroic qualities, gracious, and modest to boot. It's a very clever transformation and it's achieved via a plot that spirals hilariously out of control at dazzling speeds.

And of course the other joy of the film is the unlikely relationship which develops under fire between the zany CIA operative Falk and Alan Arkin as the dull but respectable dentist.


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