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The In-Laws (1979)

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Dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) is a respectable man. He has a daughter who is about to marry the son of a very suspicious character, Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk). They are practically relatives already, the wedding is so near. Certainly, Sheldon already despises Vince as if he were already a well-known relative. Nontheless, Vince calls on Sheldon and convinces him to go with him on a series of wild and hilarious adventures, claiming all the while that he is a CIA agent, and that what he is doing is in the national interest. Sheldon follows Vince to a South American country ruled by a very odd man, General Garcia (Richard Libertini), who talks to his hand (which talks back). It seems that the dictator is involved in a scheme to counterfeit and undermine U.S. currency. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Peter Falk
as Vincent J. Ricardo
Alan Arkin
as Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Richard Libertini
as General Garcia
Nancy Dussault
as Carol Kornpett
Penny Peyser
as Barbara Kornpett
Arlene Golonka
as Jean Ricardo
Michael Lembeck
as Tommy Ricardo
Ed Begley Jr.
as Barry Lutz
Sammy Smith
as Mr. Hirschorn
James Hong
as Bing Wong
Barbara Dana
as Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos
as Mrs. Adelman
Jorge Zepeda
as Carlos
David Paymer
as Cab Driver
Kent Williams
as Ski Mask
John Hancock
as T Man #1
John Finnegan
as Deliveryman #1
Brass Adams
as Deliveryman #2
Eduardo Noriega
as Senator Jesus Braunschweiger
Danny Kwan
as Billy Wong
Maurice Sneed
as Man at Car Painting Shop
Mitchell Group
as Guard #2
Jim Goodwin
as Guard
Carmen Dragon
as Carmen Dragon
Peter Miller
as Bank Manager
Carlos Montalbo
as Lieutenant
Tom Degidon
as Bartender
Tony Di Falco
as T Man #2
John Day
as T Man #3
Ellen Clark
as Ad Lib #4
Art Evans
as Driver
John Hostetter
as Workman
Bill Houston
as Officer
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All Critics (21)

Arkin's deadpan tone is a perfect fit for the ever-so-slightly unhinged quality that Falk brings with him.

Full Review… | August 15, 2016

A feat of casting genius; Hiller knew to let Peter Falk and Alan Arkin do their thing with as little interference as possible

Full Review… | July 22, 2016
Q Network Film Desk

A minor comedy classic, this one has it all, including a clever premise, a witty script, two beautifully matched lead actors in Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, and a supporting performer who almost makes off with the picture like a bandit in the night.

Full Review… | July 9, 2016
Creative Loafing

The teaming of Alan Arkin with Peter Falk was inspired casting.

Full Review… | March 30, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inspired lunacy.

January 27, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Very funny and engaging. There is no remake.

October 1, 2004

Audience Reviews for The In-Laws

One of the greatest comedies of all-time with 2 career-high performances. Absolute must see. So great in fact, that it would be a travesty if a re-make was ever foolishly made to risk desecrating the very name of this masterwork. Just remember though, run-down Tihatan hotel lobbies only have 'Hustler' in spanish, there's enormous red tape in the bush, and the key to the benefit program if you ever decide to apply to be in the C.I.A. is that you don't get yourself killed. A+

Melanie D'Angelo
Melanie D'Angelo

I love this movie, Falk and Arkin have great chemistry together and this movie has a hilarious premise and quotable lines.

Zach M.
Zach M.

Original. A unforgettable comedy, Falk and Arkin are very good. The In-Laws have a fresh review by me. Andrew Bergman make a really funny screenplay.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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