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Gen. Garcia
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Carol Kornpett
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Barbara Kornpett
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Jean Ricardo
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Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
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Barry Lutz
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Mr. Hirschorn
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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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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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After The In-Laws (2003) came out, Alan Arkin called Peter Falk to congratulate him on all the great reviews he was getting from critics recalling the original as they trashed the remake. See more »

Goofs

The bullet that Angie shoots from Vince's office door pierces the window behind Sheldon. In the following shot, when Angie and Mo burst into the office, we see that the bullet somehow went around an office cubicle with a glass partition in order to reach the window. See more »

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General Garcia: [commenting on his choice for a new national flag, featuring a portrait of himself alongside a topless local prostitute] If it wasn't for the church, this flag would be flying at the U.N right now. But no... they stand in the way, THEY STAND IN THE WAY!
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Remade as The In-Laws (2003) See more »

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Trees
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Lyrics by Joyce Kilmer
Music by Oscar Rasbach
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Director Arthur Hiller presses all the right buttons with this one
7 January 1999 | by (Adelaide) – 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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