First Family (film)

First Family is a 1980 American comedy film starring Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Harvey Korman, Rip Torn, Austin Pendleton, Fred Willard, and Richard Benjamin. It the second and last movie to date written and directed by director, comedian and actor Buck Henry, also director and actor of the hit movie directed two years before Heaven Can Wait.

First Family
Directed byBuck Henry
Produced byDaniel Melnick
Written byBuck Henry
StarringBob Newhart
Madeline Kahn
Gilda Radner
Richard Benjamin
Bob Dishy
Harvey Korman
Fred Willard
Rip Torn
Austin Pendleton
Music byRalph Burns
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byStu Linder
Susan Martin
F.F. Associates
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
December 25, 1980
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$15,198,912


Manfred Link is the President of the United States. He and the usually tipsy First Lady have a 28-year-old, sex-starved daughter named Gloria. The President is surrounded by a number of eccentric staffers and allies, including vice president Shockley, ambassador Spender, press secretary Bunthorne and a presidential aide named Feebleman. He also is advised by General Dumpston, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The administration needs the support of the (fictional) African nation of Upper Gorm for an upcoming vote and must deal with Longo, that country's United Nations ambassador. Unfortunately, it can find only one American who knows how to speak the Upper Gormese language, a man named Alexander Grade. As best they can understand it, the ruler of Upper Gorm wants, in exchange, a number of Americans sent to his land so that his country, like the United States, can know what it's like to have an oppressed minority. Gloria is kidnapped and Americans are transported to Africa like slaves.


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