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First Family (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  25 December 1980 (USA)
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Bob Newhart stars as President Manfred Link in this zany, wonderfully cast comedy from veteran funnyman Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait, The Graduate).

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Gloria Link
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President Manfred Link
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Mrs. Constance Link
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Press Secretary Bunthorne
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Vice-President William Shockley
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Ambassador Spender
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Dr. Alexander Grade
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General G. E. Dumpston
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Presidential Assistant Feebleman
John Hancock ...
President Mazai Kalundra
Julius Harris ...
Ambassador Longo
Roger Bowen ...
Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley
George J. Manos ...
The Commander
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Longo's Left Hand Man
Maurice Sherbanee ...
Arab Delegate
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Bob Newhart stars as President Manfred Link in this zany, wonderfully cast comedy from veteran funnyman Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait, The Graduate).

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25 December 1980 (USA)  »

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As Trapalhadas do Presidente  »

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The ending was re-shot a few weeks before the film opened because the audience reactions at the test screening had been overwhelmingly negative. See more »

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President Manfred Link: Try to handle this situation in the usual way, Bunny.
Press Secretary Bunthorne: Can I leak something?
President Manfred Link: Yes.
Press Secretary Bunthorne: Can I confirm something?
President Manfred Link: Yes.
Press Secretary Bunthorne: Can I deny something?
President Manfred Link: Yes, yes, yes. Try to make it look as though we're glad to have a lot of black people in the White House. Like we're-ah...
Press Secretary Bunthorne: Comfortable?
President Manfred Link: Exactly.
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Pretty dreadful
14 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This seemed like it couldn't miss--a satire on the First Family with Bob Newhart as the President, Madeline Kahn as a drunk First Lady and First Daughter Gilda Radner as a nymphomaniac. And it was written and directed by Buck Henry. Unfortunately this is a shambles.

The cast is game and does what it can--but the script isn't funny. The jokes are lame and infantile and, at one point, has everybody in ridiculous costumes for a costume party (like that's supposed to be funny). There are a few good moments here and there (that's why I'm giving it a 2) but mostly the movie just lays there. Towards the end it got almost painful to see this talented cast struggling with a lousy script. It's to everybody's credit that they come through this with their dignity intact. You'll notice Bob Newhart or Buck Henry have never even mentioned this film. That should tell you something. This movie should rightfully be forgotten. A must-miss.


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