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First Family
     

First Family

Director: Buck Henry

Cast: Gilda Radner, Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn

 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's staggering to think that a man who wrote such wonderful comedies as The Graduate and What's Up Doc? could also come up with the atrocity that is First Family, but indeed Buck Henry did do such a thing. It would be tempting to blame the mess on the director, but since that is also Henry, nothing is really gained by that tactic. Family is not totally without laughs, but it does come perilously close. For the most part, the jokes are simply not funny, and even the few that are, are not helped by Henry's lackluster, pointless direction. Of course, it is possible -- not advisable, but possible -- to make a comedy that is low on laughs but which is still effective because the story itself is well put-together, its characters are engaging or at least amiable, and there's a sense of cheeriness and lightheartedness that makes one willing to settle for a few smiles rather than a barrel of guffaws. But Family is lacking in all these areas as well, ultimately being an unfocused, irritating mess of a movie. That it manages this despite the presence of an absolutely first rate cast seems incredible, but it's true. Such incredible talents as Bob Newhart, Gilda Radner and Austin Pendleton have nothing to show for their efforts; only Madeline Kahn somehow manages to rise - ever so slightly -- above the material.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2013
UPC:
0883316736999
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
51,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gilda Radner Gloria Link
Bob Newhart President Manfred Link
Madeline Kahn Mrs. Link
Richard Benjamin Press Secretary Bunthome
Bob Dishy Vice President Shockley
Harvey Korman Ambassador Spender
Austin Pendleton Alexander Grade
Rip Torn Gen. Dumpston
Fred Willard Presidential Assistant Feebleman
Julius Harris Ambassador Longo
John Hancock President Mazai Kalundra
Maurice Sherbanee Arab Delegate
Buck Henry Fr. Sandstone
Susan Forristal Actor
Lyman Ward Actor
Lou Felder Secretary of State Reigie
Dudley Knight Secretary of Defense Springfield
Ralph Burns Conductor

Technical Credits
Buck Henry Director,Screenwriter
Richard Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Kevin F. Cleary Sound/Sound Designer
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Hill Associate Producer
William Hiney Art Director
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Stu Linder Editor
Susan Martin Editor
Daniel Melnick Producer
Phil Rawlins Associate Producer
Tex Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- First Family
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [9:40]
11. Chapter 11 [:07]

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