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First Family (1980)

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
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President Mazai Kalundra
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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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"FIRST FAMILY" THE MOVIE Reminds you...On Tuesday, November 4th VOTE ...or you could have us for the next four years See more »

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25 December 1980 (USA)  »

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As Trapalhadas do Presidente  »

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Madeline Kahn plays Gilda Radner's mother. In real-life, Kahn was only four years older than Radner. See more »

Quotes

Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley: Uh, yes, but that victory must be weighed against the fact that his opponents, the presidential and vice presidential candidates of my party were killed in that tragic automobile accident three days before the election.
TV Commentator Howard: And it must be remembered that nearly 30 million Americans actually voted for the two corpses.
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Opening title card: Politics is not an exact science. --- Otto von Bismarck See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) See more »

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Great Cast, Lousy Script
24 October 2003 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This had the potential to be a great movie. The cast is first rate, Buck Henry CAN write a good script (though he didn't do it here), and the basic idea is sound. But the storyline is bad. (Even a comedy has to have a interesting plot that makes sense.) And the script is weak, with too many unfunny scenes and jokes. That's really the bottom line: this movie just isn't funny. It's a shame, because this is a first-rate cast. Bob Newhart is one of my all-time favorite comedians. Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Richard Benjamin, Fred Willard, Harvey Korman, and the rest deserve better than bathroom jokes. Newhart is the best thing in the movie. He's actually quite believable as the president of the United States. Usually, fictional presidents are played by the same type of actors: Hal Holbrook, Gregory Peck, etc. The mild-mannered Newhart is a nice change of pace. I wish someone had really written a solid, funny script for him. With the right material, either in a movie or a sitcom, Newhart could be a very funny fictional president. I hate to keep belaboring the point, but this movie was bad when it came out of the typewriter. Bad script equals bad movie. Still, I don't hate watching it, because of Bob Newhart. As I watch it, I keep imagining the better movie that COULD have been.


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