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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

Andrew Bergman got the idea for the serpentine routine from a football player he knew in college. See more »

Goofs

As the fathers descend from the helicopter to the wedding, supposedly just sitting on a plank, you can see one of the safety cables for the actors. See more »

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Sheldon: Six thousand a year tuition to listen to this.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Slime People (1989) See more »

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Lyrics by Joyce Kilmer
Music by Oscar Rasbach
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One of the funniest films ever made.
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is absolutely hysterical. And I do not mean very funny. I mean it is hysterical.

The plot is that a CIA operative and a dentist, played superbly and respectively by Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, are about to become in-laws because their two children are to be married. But Falk, about to retire from his clandestine duties, needs Arkin's help to pull off one final mission. From beginning to end the antics of these two will leave you in side-splitting humor. And the performance by Richard Libertini as a South American dictator is equal to Falk and Arkin's contribution to this classic comedy.

If you want to see an intelligent and realistic film that is extremely funny from start to finish then this is it. Don't miss it!


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