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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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Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
Carmine Caridi ...
Angie
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Mr. Hirschorn
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Bing Wong
Barbara Dana ...
Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos ...
Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Edgardo (as Alvaro Carcano)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Zwei in Teufels Küche  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,200,000
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Trivia

In the 2003 DVD commentary, Alan Arkin relates that Marlon Brando once told him he had seen this film 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 »

Goofs

When Sheldon is being chased around the cab and shot at, uniformed police officers are visible in the crowd across the street. See more »

Quotes

Vince Ricardo: Serpentine Shelly. Serpentine!
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Spoofed in Psych: No Country for Two Old Men (2013) 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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