Arthur Hiller

The In-Laws

The In-Laws

Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman, The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin’s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk’s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic—and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release.

Film Info

  • Arthur Hiller
  • United States
  • 1979
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #823

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman
  • New interview with Arkin
  • In Support of “The In-Laws,” a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller
    Original typography on cover by Erik Marinovich

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman
  • New interview with Arkin
  • In Support of “The In-Laws,” a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller
    Original typography on cover by Erik Marinovich
The In-Laws
Cast
Peter Falk
Vince Ricardo
Alan Arkin
Sheldon Kornpett
Richard Libertini
General Garcia
Nancy Dussault
Carol Kornpett
Penny Peyser
Barbara Kornpett
Arlene Golonka
Jean Ricardo
Michael Lembeck
Tommy Ricardo
Paul Lawrence Smith
Mo and Angie, the thugs
Carmine Caridi
Ed Begley Jr.
Barry Lutz
Sammy Smith
The patients
Rozsika Halmos
James Hong
Bing Wong
Barbara Dana
Bank teller
David Paymer
Cabdriver
Danny Kwan
Billy Wong
Carmen Dragon
Conductor
Credits
Director
Arthur Hiller
Written by
Andrew Bergman
Produced by
Arthur Hiller
Produced by
William Sackheim
Executive producer
Alan Arkin
Cinematography
David M. Walsh
Editor
Robert E. Swink
Production design
Pato Guzman
Music
John Morris
Associate producer
Dorothy Wilde
Unit production manager
David Silver
Assistant director
Jack Roe
Sound mixer
Larry Jost
Costume
John Anderson
Costume
Phyllis Garr
Makeup
Del Armstrong
Makeup
Mark Busson
Hair
Dione Taylor
Hair
Francine Haendiges
Stills photographer
Jack Gereghty

From The Current

Alan Arkin Remembers Arthur Hiller
Alan Arkin Remembers Arthur Hiller

In honor of the filmmaker, who passed away in 2016 at the age of ninety-two, Alan Arkin recalls the man who directed him in two of his favorite films, Popi and The In-Laws.

On Film / Short Takes
Aug 23, 2016
Arthur Hiller on Directing The In-Laws
Arthur Hiller on Directing The In-Laws

Beloved Hollywood veteran Arthur Hiller passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-two. In a career that spanned five decades and more than thirty films, he demonstrated remarkable versatility, with credits ranging from Neil Simon comedies (The Out-o…

On Film / Short Takes
Aug 18, 2016
“Serpentine! Serpentine!” The Impeccable Madness of The In-Laws
“Serpentine! Serpentine!” The Impeccable Madness of The In-Laws

Arthur Hiller’s 1979 comedy pairs Alan Arkin and Peter Falk as unlikely comrades in a madcap farce that lands every laugh.

By Stephen Winer

On Film / Essays — Jul 5, 2016