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The In-Laws (1979)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  12 September 1979 (France)
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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... See full summary »

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General Garcia
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Carol Kornpett
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Barbara Kornpett
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Jean Ricardo
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Bank Teller
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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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The FIRST Certified Crazy Person's Comedy. See more »


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When Vince is getting directions to meet the general, the streets include "United Fruit Boulevard," a reference to the U.S. Company that historically dominated much of Central America and gave rise to the expression "a banana republic." 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 »

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Sheldon: The ocean? It's over the ocean to Scranton, Pennsylvania?
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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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