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Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 19 November 1993 (USA)
The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Charles Addams (characters), Paul Rudnick
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 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
Joan Cusack ... Debbie Jellinsky
Christina Ricci ... Wednesday Addams
Carol Kane ... Granny
Jimmy Workman ... Pugsley Addams
Kaitlyn Hooper Kaitlyn Hooper ... Pubert Addams
Kristen Hooper Kristen Hooper ... Pubert Addams
Carel Struycken ... Lurch
David Krumholtz ... Joel Glicker
Christopher Hart ... Thing
Dana Ivey ... Margaret Addams
Peter MacNicol ... Gary Granger
Christine Baranski ... Becky Martin-Granger
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Storyline

When an adorable baby boy is added to the Addams household, Wednesday and Pugsley do not hate him, they just aren't necessarily excited about his existence. OK...yeah, they do hate him. So they plot to get rid of him one way or another. Meanwhile, their parents hire a nanny for him and she charms Fester, but has evil intentions for him. The Addamses must stop her, but how?

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Family Just Got A Little Stranger. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for macabre humor | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Adding more than just make-up to the character, Morticia Addams is always lit separately from everyone else in a scene. Her lighting always consists of one beam of light across her eyes that gradually fades outward to enhance her classic look. See more »

Goofs

Becky's hand goes from one of Wednesday's shoulders to the other when they're arguing about hugging. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wednesday: [giving a funeral to a cat in a shoe-box] Come, sorrow; we welcome thee. Let us join in grief, rejoice in despair, and honor the fortunate dead.
Grandma: Dearly beloved...
Wednesday: [the cat mews and Wednesday shakes the box] Shh! Quiet!
Grandma: [starts piling dirt on the box]
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Crazy Credits

Other than the title, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Joel first enters the Harmony Hut to join Wednesday and Pugsley, after Gary takes his book away, he looks around and shrieks in horror to see a poster of Michael Jackson on the far wall. This part has been removed from some TV broadcasts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1810 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Indian Love Call
by Rudolf Friml, Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach), and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Very funny
11 January 2003 | by barbarella70See all my reviews

Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) takes a zany script written by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, In and Out) and directs with an exhilarating rhythm to tell the tale of Uncle Fester's marriage to a suspicious young nanny (Joan Cusack) and its effect on the Addams family.

All the actors are absolutely wonderful but Cusack steals the movie with a gleefully nasty turn as the murderous Debbie. Her without-peer comedic talent is more strongly showcased here -watch the scene when Debbie sits in a car waiting for a house to explode- than in her award winning role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in In and Out. Angelica Huston and Raoul Julia are magnetic in dramatic roles but they also have sensational comic timing and their Morticia and Gomez make a memorable dark-humored pair, most notably in the scenes where the sexual innuendo takes a front-row seat. Peter MacNichol (Ally McBeal) and Christine Baranski (The Ref) have a ball as the irritating summer camp counslers and Christina Ricci will probably never top her performance as Wednesday.

It's a guilty pleasure and a fun ride, zipping by in an hour and a half and also features a hilarious cameo by Peter Graves (Airplane). Check it out!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Addams Family Values See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,117,545, 21 November 1993

Gross USA:

$48,919,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,919,043
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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