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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.


Arthur Hiller


Andrew Bergman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Vince Ricardo
Alan Arkin ... Sheldon Kornpett
Richard Libertini ... Gen. 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 Sammy Smith ... Mr. Hirschorn
James Hong ... Bing Wong
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos ... Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño 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 <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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English | Spanish | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 September 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwei in Teufels Küche See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of David Paymer. See more »


The stolen printing plates show $500 bills. The movie is set in the current day, but $500 bills were discontinued in 1945. See more »


Vince Ricardo: It's cut and dried.
Sheldon: It's not cut. and it's not dried.
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Spoofed in Psych: No Country for Two Old Men (2013) See more »


Buffalo Gals
Written by William Cool White
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One of the most funny & zany movies ever made.
16 April 1999 | by ereynaSee all my reviews

If you were ever stuck on a desert island with a TV, VCR (and, let's assume, a power source), this would definitely be one of the movies you would like on hand to jolly your solitary time away. It is an insanely funny film that compares favorably with the classic screwball comedies of yesteryear. Only instead of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, we get Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. Although they don't quite function as a romantic duo, the pairing of the characters of Dr. Shelly Kornpett, as the deadpan, increasingly desperate dentist, with Vince Ricardo, as a renegade CIA agent extraordinaire, works wonderfully. Along with everyman Shelly, you will be sucked into the zany, alternate world of agent Ricardo. See it with friends or loved ones, because this is the kind of movie that you will be quoting to one another long after you see it. Just remember to serpentine!

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