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First Family (1980)




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Gilda Radner, Bob Newhart, and Madeline Kahn star in this comedy. The farce sends up an idiotic First Family in the persona of a bumbling president (Newhart), his semi-alcoholic wife (Kahn), and his oversexed daughter (Radner). Satirizing the artificial, formal speech of real-life First Families in television interviews, director Buck Henry carries this mode of speech into their private lives as well. The trio travel to an African country where the First Daughter is kidnapped and white Americans are traded as slaves in exchange for some special animal dung that is able to accelerate plant growth.
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Bob Newhart
as President Manfred Link
Gilda Radner
as Gloria Link
Fred Willard
as Presidential Assistant Feebleman
Richard Benjamin
as Press Secretary Bunthome
Bob Dishy
as Vice President Shockley
Madeline Kahn
as Mrs. Link
Julius Harris
as Ambassador Longo
Harvey Korman
as Ambassador Spender
Maurice Sherbanee
as Arab Delegate
Austin Pendleton
as Alexander Grade
Dudley Knight
as Secretary of Defense Springfield
Lou Felder
as Secretary of State Reigie
Buck Henry
as Fr. Sandstone
John Hancock
as President Mazai Kalundra
Rip Torn
as Gen. Dumpston
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Critic Reviews for First Family

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Unfunny farce about an inept president, his alcoholic wife and their motley family and aides.

June 25, 2013
Washington Post
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What is the sound of one man not laughing?

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

[First Family] has sequences that are side-splittingly funny, others that are sublimely cheerful and still others that, like the movie itself, simply don't know how to end.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
New York Times
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Disappointing acerbic political satire directed and written by Buck Henry.

Full Review… | October 21, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Buck Henry directed his own screenplay, which disintegrates about halfway through the film.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
People Magazine

Filled with illogical situations and juvenile humor, First Family will have trouble getting anybody's vote.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for First Family


Should have been great, with Buck Henry and the amazing cast. But it wasn't... (although the last 10 minutes were amazing, how strange is that?)

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

Insultingly stupid comedy and a very sad waste of a talented comedic cast. Gilda Radner is particularly bad, Bob Newhart's brand of humor doesn't work in this one and Madeline Kahn deserves much better material than this.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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