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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 an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

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Barry Sonnenfeld

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Charles Addams (characters), Caroline Thompson | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjelica Huston ... Morticia Addams
Raul Julia ... Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd ... Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
Dan Hedaya ... Tully Alford
Elizabeth Wilson ... Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
Judith Malina ... Granny
Carel Struycken ... Lurch
Dana Ivey ... Margaret Alford
Paul Benedict ... Judge Womack
Christina Ricci ... Wednesday Addams
Jimmy Workman ... Pugsley Addams
Christopher Hart ... Thing
John Franklin ... Cousin It
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... Digit Addams
Douglas Brian Martin Douglas Brian Martin ... Dexter Addams
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Storyline

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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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USA

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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Addams Family See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$113,502,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,502,426
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the movie premiered, children would frequently recognize Raul Julia as Gomez Addams out in public, which according to him, always brought a smile to his face. See more »

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Obvious use of juggling double for Raul Julia in long shots during Mamushka sequence. See more »

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Dr. Pinderschloss: [after the party in Fester's honour] Gordon, I don't understand this. Let me get this clear. Have you been having a good time?
Uncle Fester: [jubilant] Yes, I have! It was marvelous. I sang up a storm! And I danced 'till I dropped! The Mamushka!
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The McDonald's release version omits a scene in which Lurch attempts to sell vacuum cleaners when the family is forced to leave their house. See more »

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Gothic Kookiness
30 January 2006 | by nycriticSee all my reviews

Charles Addams' dark characters get the film treatment in Barry Sonnenfeld's THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which is something of a cross between the actual New Yorker comics and the 1960s television show. Not trying to lean too far to either, the movie stays at a safe plane, even incorporating a vague plot involving two grifters, Gordon and Abigail Craven, posing as Uncle Fester and a renowned psychiatrist (Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Wilson) who are in cahoots to rob the Addams of their fortune and house. The problem arises when Craven seems to go against his take-the-money-and-run attitude and when the Addams themselves appear to enjoy every minute that they're being taken advantage of. It suits the dark humor well, because since the Addams live in an alternative universe of their own creation in which dark is light, repugnant is beautiful, pain equals pleasure, death is life, and chaos equals order, it leaves the door open for many of their Gothic eccentricities to pull the rug over Lloyd and Wilson over and over again. It's clever, although its only problem is the "needing to introduce the characters we all know" setup which like in all movies based on comics or television shows, looks obvious.

But despite this, everyone is uniformly excellent. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston lend their looks to embody their cartoon counterparts and are the romantics at the heart of this decidedly perverse story. Christopher Lloyd is also great in his representation of Uncle Fester. But hands down: the one who walks away with the entire movie is Christina Ricci who plays Wednesday as if she were living the role day by day. There's a sadistic gleam in her eyes and her voice that not many child actors have and I think that any other actor of the time that this film was made would have been unable to fit into this difficult part. Other than that, the tone of the movie is perfect: as dark as it wants to be, but never letting its Gothic setting drown it in an inescapable mire. On the contrary, we're constantly aware that this is a typical American family who lives upside down and who are happy in being so even when we gawk and cringe at their oddities.


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