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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
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Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley
George J. Manos ...
The Commander
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Longo's Left Hand Man
Maurice Sherbanee ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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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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It's all about politics these days.
29 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Buck Henry's directorial debut is not a great movie, but pretty fun still. "First Family" is a sort of farce focusing on Pres. Manfred Link (Bob Newhart) and his family while he's trying to establish diplomatic relations with the African nation of Upper Gorm. When Link meets Upper Gorm's president, that makes it clear that the American mono-culture has truly gotten out of control! And after that, we find out some more about the past of the people in Link's cabinet.

Like I said, this is no masterpiece, but worth seeing. It's unclear whether Newhart is having a good or bad time with the role, but Madeline Kahn as his wife Constance appears to be doing OK, and Gilda Radner as daughter Gloria also appears to be doing OK. Richard Benjamin and Fred Willard, as the semi-embarrassing cabinet members, also have good roles. Sort of a weird movie, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Watch for Buck Henry as a priest.


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