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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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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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12 September 1979 (France)  »

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Zwei in Teufels Küche  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The practically brand new 1975 model Lear Jet-24 belonged to the Clay Lacy Co. and was still registered to the company in 2015. See more »

Goofs

50:18 (DVD release) Crew and camera visible in reflection of back seat window of the government agents' vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Vince Ricardo: What do you think will happen when they run off this dough... and there's trillions of extra dollars, francs, and marks floating around? You've got a collapse of confidence in the currency. People are gonna panic. There's gonna be gold riots, atonal music... political chaos, mass suicide. Right? It's Germany before Hitler. You can see that. Jesus, I don't know what people are gonna do... when a six-pack of Budweisers costs $1,200. That'll be awful.
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Referenced in Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Written by William Cool White
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Genius
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest and most underrated movies ever made. Just when you think it's about to slow down and become a normal movie, it veers in a whole other, even crazier (and arguably funnier) direction than you could have ever hoped for. With brilliant performances by Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, and Richard Libertini (who has one of the film's best lines: "These are the best security men in the world. They used to work for J.C. Penney"), this is a must see for any fan of true film comedy.


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