First Family (film)
|Directed by||Buck Henry|
|Produced by||Daniel Melnick|
|Written by||Buck Henry|
|Music by||Ralph Burns|
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Edited by||Stu Linder, Susan Martin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||December 25, 1980|
|Running time||100 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 Manfred Link
- Madeline Kahn as Constance Link
- Gilda Radner as Gloria Link
- Richard Benjamin as Press Secretary Bunthorne
- Bob Dishy as Vice President Shockley
- Harvey Korman as Ambassador Spender
- Austin Pendleton as Dr. Alexander Grade
- Rip Torn as Gen. Dumpston
- Fred Willard as Presidential Asst. Spender
- John Hancock as Pres. Mazai Kalundra
- Julius Harris as Ambassador Longo