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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Garcia
Carol Kornpett
Barbara Kornpett
Jean Ricardo
Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
Carmine Caridi ...
Barry Lutz
Sammy Smith ...
Mr. Hirschorn
Bing Wong
Barbara Dana ...
Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos ...
Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Edgardo (as Alvaro Carcano)


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 <>

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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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Apósok akcióban  »

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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 »


When Sheldon enters Vince's office to open the safe, he closes the office door behind him, but doesn't lock it. However, when the two hit men who were following him try to open the door, it is locked. See more »


Tommy: Dad and his mysterious phone calls.
Vince Ricardo: What the hell do you mean by that?
Tommy: Nothing. You're just always making these weird calls in back rooms and pay booths...
Vince Ricardo: You little snot-nose! Those phone calls put you through college!
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Spoofed in Psych: No Country for Two Old Men (2013) See more »


Lyrics by Joyce Kilmer
Music by Oscar Rasbach
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One of my all time favorite comedies!
19 June 2003 | by (OH.) – See all my reviews

I'm a big Peter Falk fan, so I watched this movie because he was in it. I was in for quite a surprise. It has quickly become one of my favorite comedies of all. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are a perfect pair. The great thing about this movie is that it seems to invent itself as it goes along. The movie isn't following any type of formula, it's making itself up as it goes along, or so it seems. Very funny. My rating: 10

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