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Andrew Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
12 September 1979 (France) See more »
Tagline:
The FIRST Certified Crazy Person's Comedy. See more »
Plot:
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Director Arthur Hiller presses all the right buttons with this one See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Vince Ricardo

Alan Arkin ... Sheldon Kornpett

Richard Libertini ... General Garcia

Nancy Dussault ... Carol Kornpett

Penny Peyser ... Barbara Kornpett

Arlene Golonka ... Jean Ricardo

Michael Lembeck ... Tommy Ricardo

Paul L. Smith ... Mo (as Paul Lawrence Smith)
Carmine Caridi ... Angie

Ed Begley Jr. ... Barry Lutz
Sammy Smith ... Mr. Hirschorn

James Hong ... Bing Wong
Barbara Dana ... Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos ... Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño ... Edgardo (as Alvaro Carcano)
Jorge Zepeda ... Carlos

Sergio Calderón ... Alfonso (as Sergio Calderon)

David Paymer ... Cab Driver
Kent Williams ... Ski Mask
John Hancock ... T Man #1

John Finnegan ... Deliveryman #1
Brass Adams ... Deliveryman #2
Eduardo Noriega ... Senator Jesus Braunschweiger
Danny Kwan ... Billy Wong
Maurice Sneed ... Paint Boy

Rosanna DeSoto ... Evita (as Rosana Soto)
Jim Goodwin ... Guard
Mitchell Group ... Second Guard
Carmen Dragon ... Carmen Dragon
Peter Miller ... Bank Manager
Hanna King ... Vicki
Dick Wieand ... Al
Carlos Montalbo ... Lieutenant
Tom Degidon ... Bartender
Tony DiFalco ... T Man #2 (as Tony Di Falco)
John Daheim ... T Man #3 (as John Day)

Art Evans ... Driver
John Hostetter ... Workman
Bill Houston ... Officer
Terry Bolo ... Ad Lib #1
Drew Michaels ... Ad Lib #2
Judith Garwood ... Ad Lib #3
Ellen Clark ... Ad Lib #4
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Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
 
Writing credits
Andrew Bergman (written by)

Produced by
Alan Arkin .... executive producer
Arthur Hiller .... producer
William Sackheim .... producer
Dorothy Wilde .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink  (as Robert E. Swink)
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Pato Guzman 
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Robert De Vestel 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Mark Busson .... makeup artist
Francine Haendiges .... hair stylist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
David Silver .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Keligian .... assistant director trainee
John T. Kretchmer .... second assistant director (as John Kretchmer)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator (as Michael Smith)
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Richard M. Kristy .... lead man (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... boom man
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Jost .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects editor (as Sam Shaw)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt (as Bennie Dobbins)
Chris Howell .... stunt
John Hudkins .... stunt
Gray Johnson .... stunt
Mike Johnson .... stunt
John Moio .... stunt
Rick Sawaya .... stunt
Jerry Summers .... stunt (as Jerry Sommers)
Chuck Waters .... stunt
Phil Chong .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator (as Eric Andersen)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Ron Kenyon .... best boy
Richard Moran .... key grip
Johnny Walker .... first assistant cameraman (as John Walker)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... costume supervisor (as John Anderson)
Phyllis Garr .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Dennis Wooley .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor (as Jerry Macdonald)
William Sackheim .... choral supervisor (as Bill Sackheim)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
John M. Woodward .... transportation captain (as John Woodward)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Gardner .... unit publicist
Florence Luneau .... secretary to producer
Paul Pav .... location manager
Don Record .... title design
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor (as Dolores Levin)
Lee Stitch .... production secretary
Brenda White .... secretary to director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fran Drescher was originally cast as the daughter, Barbara Kornpett, but was fired shortly after filming began and was replaced by Penny Peyser.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the car chase first leaves the Kornpett's driveway the first Government vehicle loses the hubcap from the front wheel on the driver's side as it makes the right turn onto the cross street. All of the following scenes that show the Government vehicles show them with both hubcaps on the driver's side.See more »
Quotes:
Sheldon:There's no reason to shoot at me, I'm a dentist.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cars (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Buffalo GalsSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Director Arthur Hiller presses all the right buttons with this one, 7 January 1999
Author: Martin Gordon from Adelaide

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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