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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.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Charles Addams (characters), Caroline Thompson | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Family steps 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 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original teaser features a woman during a speech that stops suddenly when she breaks the fourth wall looking to the camera and making a scream. When camera makes a great zoom it reveals to be a cinema full of people that also look to camera, revealing that all them are looking at the bottom of the movie theater where Addams family are watching the movie. Although all the family appear (Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Lurch and Grandmama), Fester's look is very much different of the seen in the movie. Christopher Lloyd featured the teaser with a heavy prosthetic make-up that it was scrapped from the movie because is was very similar to the used in Dick Tracy (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Gomez throws the sword at Tully and it gets stuck in the door at the beginning of the movie numerous holes are visible in the door from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Fauna Amor: I'm Fauna!
Flora Amor: I'm Flora!
Tully Alfford: I'm flattered.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in One Hand Can't Clap (2003) See more »

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Too Legit To Quit
Written by M.C. Hammer (as Hammer), Felton Pilate (as Pilate), James Earley (as Early) Michael Patrick Kelly (as Kelly) and Louis Burrell (as Burrell)
Performed by M.C. Hammer
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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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Country:

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,203,754, 24 November 1991

Gross USA:

$113,502,426

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,502,426
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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