First Family (film)
|Directed by||Buck Henry|
|Written by||Buck Henry|
|Music by||Ralph Burns|
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Editing by||Stu Linder, Susan Martin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||105 Minutes|
First Family is an American comedy film released in 1980 starring Gilda Radner, Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Rip Torn, Austin Pendleton, Fred Willard, and Richard Benjamin. It was written and directed by Buck Henry.
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.
- Bob Newhart as President Link
- Madeline Kahn as Mrs. Link
- Gilda Radner as Gloria
- Richard Benjamin as Bunthorne
- Rip Torn as Dumpston
- Fred Willard as Feebleman
- Harvey Korman as Spender
- Bob Dishy as Shockley
- Julius Harris as Longo
- Austin Pendleton as A. Grade
- Larry Block