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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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Andrew Bergman
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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The FIRST Certified Crazy Person's Comedy. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,200,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Vince is getting directions to meet the general, the streets include "United Fruit Boulevard," a reference to the US company that historically dominated much of Central America--economically and politically--and gave rise to the expression "a banana republic." See more »

Goofs

When Vincent and Sheldon are in the diner, Vincent's spoon alternates between being in his bowl and lying on the table between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon: Six thousand a year tuition to listen to this.
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Connections

Referenced in Land of the Lost (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffalo Gals
(uncredited)
Written by William Cool White
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delightfully farcical romp!
30 June 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

This truly hilarious comedy is one of the funniest movies of the period. No one does the sort of deadpan face that says "I can't believe what I'm hearing and seeing" like Alan Arkin. Peter Falk's comic abilities match his skill in heavier roles. The interplay between them is marvelous, matching that of Lemmon & Matthau (one wishes they had made more films together). Many side-splitting moments, and some superbly comic dialogue. Not to be missed.

Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!!!


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