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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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... Morticia Addams
... Gomez Addams
... Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
... Tully Alford
... Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
... Granny
... Lurch
... Margaret Alford
... Judge Womack
... Wednesday Addams
... Pugsley Addams
... Thing
... Cousin It
Tony Azito ... Digit Addams
Douglas Brian Martin ... Dexter 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Los locos Addams  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$113,502,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,502,426
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The actors and actresses were concerned about the ambiguity of the big Fester storyline in the script. Initially, it was going to be unknown if Gordon, the man suffering from memory loss, that looked just like Uncle Fester, was actually Fester. The cast members nominated Christina Ricci to give an impassioned plea to Scott Rudin and Barry Sonnenfeld two weeks before shooting, that Fester should not be an imposter. Sonnenfeld remembered that the only cast member to not care, was Christopher Lloyd, the man playing Fester. See more »

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(at around 4 mins) While Gomez and Thing stand in the door of Festers room, a shadow of an arm is cast from the disembodied hand. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »

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This Is How It Should Be Done
25 October 2009 | by 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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