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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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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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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 »


Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,200,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the Latino assassins is played by Sergio Calderón, who is best known for playing Jose, the non-Spanish-speaking alien caught near the border in Men in Black (1997). See more »

Goofs

The bullet that Angie shoots from Vince's office door pierces the window behind Sheldon. In the following shot, when Angie and Mo burst into the office, we see that the bullet somehow went around an office cubicle with a glass partition in order to reach the window. See more »

Quotes

Vince Ricardo: What do you think will happen when they run off this dough... and there's trillions of extra dollars, francs, and marks floating around? You've got a collapse of confidence in the currency. People are gonna panic. There's gonna be gold riots, atonal music... political chaos, mass suicide. Right? It's Germany before Hitler. You can see that. Jesus, I don't know what people are gonna do... when a six-pack of Budweisers costs $1,200. That'll be awful.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Super Cool Party People (2006) See more »

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Trees
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Joyce Kilmer
Music by Oscar Rasbach
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A classic of American comedy.
30 June 2004 | by reverendjaySee all my reviews

This is truly one of the most under-appreciated comedies of all time. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are magnificent. It was shamed by the abhorrent re-make/re-visit of 2003. Don't judge this original by that pathetic after birth. Two scenes stand out as 'need to see.' The first meeting between Falk and Arkin and the subsequent dinner has many a classic line, 'Beaks? The flies had beaks?' and 'There's tremendous red-tape in the bush.' The landing in Tihara and the car chase that follows including the famous 'Serpentine!' sequence makes me laugh out loud with every viewing. 'They make a chicken sandwich. They heat it up, serve it on a hard roll, with orange juice or pineapple juice, y'know grande, a big one. And coffee. Espresso with that wonderful foam. Oh Jesus Pigs!'

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, treat yourself to this classic. If you like Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and the like, you will absolutely enjoy The In Laws.


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