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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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Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
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Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
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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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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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Near the end of the movie when the family is playing the "Wake the Dead" game in the family cemetery one headstone in the foreground says Ansel Addams - a clear reference to the famous photographer Ansel Adams. See more »

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After the court hearing. When the family has to leave the house, Fester is seen looking at them as they walk away. In the close up shots, he is leaning out of the window. The sash window above him has two panes of glass and is four layers of wood above the windowsill. In the long shot, there is a single pane of glass and the bottom of the window is six boards above the windowsill. See more »

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[Gordon, Craven and Tully keep trying to open the Addams Family Vault. For the umpteenth time, the house's booby traps dump them outside the house]
Abigail Craven: You are doing this on purpose!
Uncle Fester: [sarcastic] That's right, Mother, isn't this fun!
Tully Alfford: I'll race you back.
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Oh Sole Mio
By Eduardo Di Capua, Giovanni Capurro, and Alfredo Mazzucchi
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
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A morbid joy
10 May 2007 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

Extremely enjoyable update to the old t.v. show retains the eccentric spookiness and oddball humor of old, then proceeds to update the warped family familiarity with a rousing sense of decadent glee. The unexpectedly classy affair benefits greatly from the amazing casting that went into choosing all the Addams clan. What is nothing short of ensemble perfection, a sense of fun had by all on set during production remains undeniably infectious throughout, lending the amusing proceedings a distinct level of class.

Directed by easily digestible Barry Sonnenfeld, The Addams Family may be a bit intense for young kids but should stay a delight to all others. A wonderful, gentle perversity that hangs over the entire family might have pushed things a little too far to justify this family film to the younger set, but will stay surprisingly balanced with an outpouring of heart and morality,simply flipped inside out here, for comedic intent.

Wonderful set and prop design mixed with it's politely warped sense of humor would have been enough to make Addams Family the success it became, although it was the brilliant casting which continues to uphold a credibility for this film. Led by the outstanding (and sadly missed) Raul Julia, nearly every single family member wears their role with an unreal amount of dignity, making the fairly standard plot completely memorable.


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