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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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2003
Warner Bros. Pictures


Peter Falk
as Vincent J. Ricardo
Alan Arkin
as Sheldon S. Kornpett,...
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
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 Brauns...
Danny Kwan
as Billy Wong
Maurice Sneed
as Man at Car Painting ...
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
Bill Houston
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for The In-Laws

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Audience Reviews for The In-Laws

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

Super Reviewer

A very funny movie. The plot is predictable and familiar today, but if you look past that, the movie is enjoyable, and it has a pretty good cast too, I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


What an entertaining and fun film. Peter Falk is in great form. The pace is great, the script is well written. Superior to the remake.

James Higgins

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