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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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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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Zwei in Teufels Küche  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Vince is getting directions to meet the general, the streets include "United Fruit Boulevard," a reference to the US company that historically dominated much of Central America--economically and politically--and gave rise to the expression "a banana republic." See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned at least once and seen on a newspaper headline that the United States Mint (Mint) was robbed. The Mint deals with coins. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) deals with currency. The BEP would have the engravings for currency, not the Mint. See more »

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Vince Ricardo: Sometimes I'm so smart I scare myself.
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Referenced in Generation Kill: Bomb in the Garden (2008) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Written by William Cool White
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Agua fria, agua fria!!
11 June 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Watched it again this weekend and laughed as hard - no, harder - than the previous 20 viewings! What is it about this movie? It gets FUNNIER every time. Oh sure, everyone comments here about the biggest laugh: Serpentine! Arguably one of the funniest in film history. But there are SO MANY great lines and moments: "There's no reason to shoot at me, I'm a dentist!" "Left turn at The General Garcia Toll Bridge...it's a fitting tribute general...yes, much better than a statue." "We have no blindfolds senor, we are a poor country." Vince: "from here on in it's very cut and dry." Shelley: "it's not cut. it's not dry." How about Shelley's expression as the general pours cold water into his own hand to calm down his agitated friend? And the airline safety instructions delivered by Billy (or is it Bing?) in Chinese. IT JUST GOES ON AND ON! Tell everyone you know, don't go see the remake - rent the original!


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