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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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Buck Henry

Writer:

Buck Henry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilda Radner ... Gloria Link
Bob Newhart ... President Manfred Link
Madeline Kahn ... Mrs. Constance Link
Richard Benjamin ... Press Secretary Bunthorne
Bob Dishy ... Vice-President William Shockley
Harvey Korman ... Ambassador Spender
Austin Pendleton ... Dr. Alexander Grade
Rip Torn ... General G. E. Dumpston
Fred Willard ... Presidential Assistant Feebleman
John Hancock ... President Mazai Kalundra
Julius Harris ... Ambassador Longo
Roger Bowen ... Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley
George J. Manos George J. Manos ... The Commander
Roger Aaron Brown ... 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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What really goes on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Trapalhadas do Presidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,635,564, 28 December 1980

Gross USA:

$15,198,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,198,912
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

President Manfred Link: How exactly did she get away?
Gloria's Secret Service Agent #1: We lost her in the crowd, sir, at the Kennedy Center. It was after the annual "Oldies But Goodies" concert.
President Manfred Link: Okay. No more "Oldies But Goodies." No more concerts of at all... If you can't do your job, I'll find someone who can and you'll be back patrolling the toilets in the State Department. Is that clear?
Gloria's Secret Service Agent #1Gloria's Secret Service Agent #2Gloria's Secret Service Agent #3: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes.
President Manfred Link: Alright, now, get out of here and go protect someone or whatever it is you do.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there is a presidential stamp shown with Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, and Gilda Radner in the top right corner. See more »

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

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Not even Madeline Kahn and Gilda Radner can save this one!
22 September 2005 | by DomCom1957See all my reviews

First Family is a waste of time. It has a couple of funny moments, but thats about it. Buck Henry directs Bob Newhart, Harvey Korman, Rip Torn, Richard Benjamin, Fred Willard, Bob Dishy and two of the funniest ladies who ever lived Gilda Radner and my personal favorite movie actress of comedy Madeline Kahn. Ironically they play mother and daughter and in real life were only 5 years apart in age. Another sad thing is they were also very good friends and died of the same disease ovarian cancer just ten years apart. They deserved to be given a better script worth their extraordinary talents. On Saturday night live they were given better scripts. The only reason to watch this is because its the only film they ever made together. They could and should have been a female comedy team. But this is all we have.


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