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The Addams Family (1991)

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

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Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
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Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
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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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Creepy. Kooky. Spooky. Ooky. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$113,502,246 (USA)
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The idea for the film came during a car ride. Scott Rudin, head of production at 20th Century Fox, was riding in a van with other company executives one day after a movie screening. "Everyone was there-(studio chiefs) Barry Diller and Leonard Goldberg and (marketing chief) Tom Sherak-when Tom's kid started singing The Addams Family (1964) theme," Rudin told the LA Times. "And suddenly everyone in the van was singing the theme, letter perfect, note for note." The next day, Rudin proposed to Diller and Goldberg that they make an Addams Family movie-and they went for it. See more »

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When Margaret is examining the Chinese finger trap with Morticia, she inserts both her fingers in the device, which would trap them. In the next shot, her fingers have escaped the trap. Then, she inserts them a second time and this time they become stuck. See more »

Quotes

Gomez: Think of it, Thing. For twenty-five years we've attempted to contact Fester in the great beyond, and for twenty-five years, nothing. I'm beginning to think my brother truly is lost.
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Burn It Up
Stanley Kirk Burrell (AKA M.C. Hammer) and Felton Pilate
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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 in the performance of his career, and Christopher Lloyd in a very offebeat role even for him.

This was a breakout performance for Christina Ricci (playing Wednesday Addams). Sure, it possibly 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 America's goth girl.

This film's dark humor is family appropriate -- cartoon violence, no nudity and marginal language. They simply do not 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 cannot be repeated. Well, aside from the sequel.


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