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Carol Kornpett
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Jean Ricardo
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Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
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Mr. Hirschorn
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Mrs. Adelman
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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)  »

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Apósok akcióban  »

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In the 2003 DVD commentary, Alan Arkin relates that Marlon Brando once told him he had seen 'The In-Laws' 20 times, and even imitated Arkin's delivery of certain lines from the film. Writer Andrew Bergman concurs that Brando's appreciation of his script was integral to getting Brando to star in The Freshman (1990). See more »

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During the car chase in Tijada, when Vince is backing up, his left arm is out the car window in some shots, and inside in others. See more »

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[after a harrowing cab ride]
Sheldon: Did we hit the little boy on Sixth Avenue?
Vince Ricardo: No, we missed him by a good foot and a half.
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Referenced in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »

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Written by William Cool White
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A classic of American comedy.
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is truly one of the most under-appreciated comedies of all time. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are magnificent. It was shamed by the abhorrent re-make/re-visit of 2003. Don't judge this original by that pathetic after birth. Two scenes stand out as 'need to see.' The first meeting between Falk and Arkin and the subsequent dinner has many a classic line, 'Beaks? The flies had beaks?' and 'There's tremendous red-tape in the bush.' The landing in Tihara and the car chase that follows including the famous 'Serpentine!' sequence makes me laugh out loud with every viewing. 'They make a chicken sandwich. They heat it up, serve it on a hard roll, with orange juice or pineapple juice, y'know grande, a big one. And coffee. Espresso with that wonderful foam. Oh Jesus Pigs!'

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, treat yourself to this classic. If you like Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and the like, you will absolutely enjoy The In Laws.


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