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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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Cast

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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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103 min
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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: When Vince is going to his office, the wooden boards holding up the camera alongside the taxi can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
Vince Ricardo:Just go with the flow, Shel, just go with the flow.
Sheldon:What flow? There isn't any flow.
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Screwball comedy is loaded with options, 28 July 2003
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are an absolutely killer combination in this over-the-top comedy. The writer who helped pen "Blazing Saddles," Andrew Bergman, is back in a solo effort this time that downplays the profanity and adult situations of that earlier classic for a family-friendly outing that loses none of its bite or wit.

For me, this film carries the same buttoned-down lunacy of a great Bob and Ray routine, only sustained for 90 minutes, with hardly a sagging line or note. Get through the first five minutes, a fairly routine armored car robbery and a protracted stairwell run, and you will not be sorry, because the rest of "The In-Laws" is so funny, it will take you three or four eager viewings before you appreciate just how brilliant beyond belief it is. At least that's what happened with me.

It's a strangely genial film, its approach personified in Peter Falk's "friend of the world" interpretation of Vince Ricardo. There's nothing that phases him, or is too minute to warrant some breezily cheery comment, like "Is this coffee freeze-dried? It's very good." Or "The benefits [for belonging to the CIA] are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That's the whole key to the benefits package."

Ricardo's approach is exemplified in an apron he is seen wearing at a barbeque: "I'm loaded with options." That he is, and screenwriter Bergman, too. In a somewhat desultory but still necessary DVD commentary for "In-Laws" fanatics like me, it is revealed by Bergman and director Arthur Hiller reveal the key moment for the screenplay is a fairly straight and jokeless scene between Alan Arkin's Dr. Kornpett and his daughter, where she urges him not to reject Ricardo because of his subliminated sexual jealousy about losing his daughter to Ricardo's son in marriage. Okay, maybe that does read funny, but it doesn't come across as funny.

The way the scene works, once the hapless dentist hears this, he is screwed. He has to help out Ricardo, in an inane flight from the government into the arms of the only Latin American dictator who's national flag features a topless woman, and whose apparent deputy is a Senor Wences hand puppet. You just follow along the same way Dr. Kornpett does, never knowing what to expect next, and, unlike him, enjoying it all the way through.

This film isn't laughs for everyone. Senator Jesus Braunsweiger's next-of-kin and BMW enthusiasts will find plenty to mourn. But for everyone else seeing it for the first time, it will be a joy forever, and a bit of a puzzlement: Why isn't this comedy better-known? Why don't people quote it as readily as "Caddyshack," "The Blues Brothers" or other lesser, contemporary fare?

One last thing: Alan Arkin's performance is maybe the best thing in the movie. I only realized this after repeat viewings. He's not the funniest comic actor around, frankly I never found his stuff that good in the other films of his I've seen, but here he makes the thing work. I wanted to say something about this containing the best straight-man work since Bud Abbott, but the more I see it, the less I'm sure who's the straight man. So many of the great lines are his: "There are flames on my car." "Flies with beaks?" "A Zee? A Zee?" "What flow? There isn't any flow." And to think his first line in the movie is a complaint about the viscosity of his dental bibs.

Just shut me up and go see it already. Or see it again. There's worse things you could do with your time, and not much better.

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