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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Link
President Manfred Link
Mrs. Constance Link
Press Secretary Bunthorne
Vice-President William Shockley
Ambassador Spender
Dr. Alexander Grade
General G. E. Dumpston
Presidential Assistant Feebleman
John Hancock ...
President Mazai Kalundra
Julius Harris ...
Ambassador Longo
Roger Bowen ...
Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley
George J. Manos ...
The Commander
Longo's Left Hand Man
Maurice Sherbanee ...
Arab Delegate


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 »


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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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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