The In-Laws The In-Laws

The In-Laws

Arthur Hiller

 
The In-Laws (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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

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.

Cast

Vince RicardoPeter Falk
Sheldon KornpettAlan Arkin
General GarciaRichard Libertini
Carol KornpettNancy Dussault
Barbara KornpettPenny Peyser
Jean RicardoArlene Golonka
Tommy RicardoMichael Lembeck
Mo and Angie, the thugsPaul Lawrence Smith
Carmine Caridi
Barry LutzEd Begley Jr.
The patientsSammy Smith
Rozsika Halmos
Bing WongJames Hong
Bank tellerBarbara Dana
CabdriverDavid Paymer
Billy WongDanny Kwan
ConductorCarmen Dragon

Credits

DirectorArthur Hiller
Written byAndrew Bergman
Produced byArthur Hiller and William Sackheim
Executive producerAlan Arkin
CinematographyDavid M. Walsh
EditorRobert E. Swink
Production designPato Guzman
MusicJohn Morris
Associate producerDorothy Wilde
Unit production managerDavid Silver
Assistant directorJack Roe
Sound mixerLarry Jost
CostumeJohn Anderson and Phyllis Garr
MakeupDel Armstrong and Mark Busson
HairDione Taylor and Francine Haendiges
Stills photographerJack Gereghty

Disc 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

Film Essays

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“Serpentine! Serpentine!” The Impeccable Madness of The In-Laws

By Stephen Winer July 05, 2016

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

Video

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Alan Arkin Remembers Arthur Hiller

August 23, 2016

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Hiller at the age of ninety-two. In 1969, the director forged a close working relationship with actor Alan Arkin on the set of the . . . Read more »


On Five

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Arthur Hiller on Directing The In-Laws

August 18, 2016

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, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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“Serpentine! Serpentine!” The Impeccable Madness of The In-Laws

By Stephen Winer July 05, 2016

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

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