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The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  22 November 1991 (USA)
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Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.

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A stop-motion animated version of Charles Addams' series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.

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Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
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Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
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Judge Womack
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Digit Addams
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The Addams step out of Charles Addams' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Fantasy

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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Los locos Addams  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$113,502,246 (USA)
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When Fester first comes out of the escape chute, he comes out of Pugsley's, which is the left one. Later, when Wednesday escapes before the Mamushka, the escape chute covers are switched. When Tully, the doctor and Fester are trying to get into the vault and come out of the chute, the covers are switched back. See more »

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[to Pugsley, who is tied up, mumbling urgently around an apple in his mouth]
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This Is How It Should Be Done
25 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Addams Family has had a death... Fester Addams. But lo and behold, their lawyer knows a man who resembles Fester and if he passes the impostor off, could gain access to the family vault, full of treasures untold. But can the fake Fester survive the family's maniacal games? I don't have much experience with older incarnations of the Addams Family. So, I can't make an educated comparison. However, this film excels in every way: macabre, humorous and just plain eccentrically absurd. The casting is also amazing... Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd.

This was a breakout performance for the love of my life, Christina Ricci (playing Wednesday Addams). Sure, it typecast her into weird roles ("Casper", "Sleepy Hollow", "Pumpkin") but this is, beyond a doubt, where she fits. She can do drama ("Monster", "Black Snake Moan") but will always be my little goth girl.

This film's dark humor is family appropriate -- cartoon violence, no nudity and marginal language. They don't make films like this anymore. Full credit must be given to the writer and director for bringing this family to life in a way that just can't be repeated. Well, aside from the sequel.


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