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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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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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Remember when comedy was king? Now he's President. See more »

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25 December 1980 (USA)  »

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As Trapalhadas do Presidente  »

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$3,635,564 (USA) (28 December 1980)

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$15,198,912 (USA)
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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 »

Quotes

Ambassador Spender: Gentlemen, let us not forget, that whatever happens out there on that field on Sunday, the eyes of the country will be upon us. Our party's at stake, our government, our nation. Even more important...
Press Secretary BunthornePresidential Assistant FeeblemanC.I.A. Director Willie O'Malley: Our jobs.
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The producers wish to thank the city of Washington D.C., and the Republic of Upper Gorm for their cooperation in the making of this film. See more »

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References The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) 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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