The Addams Family

Overview

Inspired more by the 1960s TV series than by the original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family proved to be one of the more successful of the TV shows-turned-movies of the 1990s. The film opens on a recreation of the magazine cartoon wherein the ghoulish Addamses prepare to pour hot oil upon a group of merry Christmas carolers. After a series of vignettes which establish the characters of Gomez Raul Julia, Morticia Anjelica Huston, Wednesday Christina Ricci, Pugsley Jimmy Workman and family ...
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Overview

Inspired more by the 1960s TV series than by the original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family proved to be one of the more successful of the TV shows-turned-movies of the 1990s. The film opens on a recreation of the magazine cartoon wherein the ghoulish Addamses prepare to pour hot oil upon a group of merry Christmas carolers. After a series of vignettes which establish the characters of Gomez Raul Julia, Morticia Anjelica Huston, Wednesday Christina Ricci, Pugsley Jimmy Workman and family servants Lurch Carel Struycken and Thing Christopher Hart, the plot proper gets under way. A stranger, played by Christopher Lloyd, shows up on the Addams doorstep, claiming to be long-lost Uncle Fester. It appears, however, that Lloyd is a ringer, in cahoots with attorney Tully Alford Dan Hedaya to strip the Addamses of their fortune. In their usual against-the-grain fashion, the Addams Family seems to delight in the possibility that they're being hoodwinked-indeed, not even kidnapping or death threats dampen the Addams clan's joy of living or should we say dying?. The Addams Family served as the directorial debut of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Uncannily cast and visually opulent, The Addams Family is a case of pure contagious delight. TV shows made into movies have failed more often than not, but Barry Sonnenfeld breathes life into a creatively stunted genre with his gleeful take on Gomez, Morticia, et al. Sonnenfeld's status as a former cinematographer is a real boon to the production, as the Addams home spirals away into a gothic maze that rivals anything in the films of Tim Burton. As lively as the sets and costumes are, it's the devilish good time displayed by the actors that makes The Addams Family such a grin. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are relaxed and clearly suited to their roles. The film's three credited scribes produce plenty of fodder for their pun-heavy, campy portrayals. Equally dead on is Christopher Lloyd claiming to be Uncle Fester, as bald-headed and bug-eyed as anyone could want. Eleven-year-old Christina Ricci, whose dour yet mischievous Wednesday Addams earned endless superlatives about her future in acting, has gone on to realize that potential. Tone is this film's most important attribute. Beyond the actors and snazzy art direction, there's an additional flawless special effect that nearly steals the show -- namely, Thing, the disembodied hand, which scurries about the house, interacts humorously with the characters, and displays the identifiable quirks that make it an equivalent member of this offbeat clan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • UPC: 883929409716
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 13,688

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anjelica Huston Morticia Addams
Raul Julia Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd Gordon Craven
Dan Hedaya Tully Alford
Elizabeth Wilson Abigail Craven
Judith Malina Granny
Christina Ricci Wednesday Addams
Carel Struycken Lurch
Dana Ivey Margaret Alford
Paul Benedict Judge Womack
Jimmy Workman Pugsley Addams
Ryan Anderson Pre-Teen Fester
Tony Azito Digit Addams
John Franklin Cousin It
Victoria Hall Swedish Blonde
Christopher Hart Thing
Whitby Hertford Little Tully
Michael Hittesdorf Teenage Fester
Ryan Holihan Lumpy Addams
Lela Ivey Susan Firkins
Eugene M. Jackson One Armed Bass Player
Allegra Kent Cousin Ophelia Addams
Richard Korthaze Slosh Addams
Darlene Levin Fauna Amor
Maureen Sue Levin Flora Amor
Patty Maloney Lois Addams
Douglas Brian Martin Dexter Addams
Steven M. Martin Donald Addams
Kate McGregor-Stewart Employment Agent
Mercedes McNab Girl Scout
Daniel Pikus Teenage Gomez
Sally Jessy Raphael Herself
Jimmy Ross Pre-Teen Gomez
Marc Shaiman Conductor
Richard Tanner Snake Charmer
Valerie Walker Teenage Fauna
Steve Welles Fingers Addams
Joe Zimmerman Long Arm Addams
The Passing Zone Jugglers
Technical Credits
Barry Sonnenfeld Director
Dede Allen Editor
Peter Anastos Choreography
Bonnie Arnold Associate Producer
Joe Camp III Asst. Director
Keith Campbell Stunts
Jack Cummins Co-producer
David R. Ellis Stunts
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Randy Kovitz Stunts
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Marjorie Stone McShirley Art Director
Jim Miller Editor
James M. Miller Editor
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Peters Stunts
Graham Place Executive Producer
Danny Rogers Stunts
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Paul Rosenberg Associate Producer
David Rubin Casting
Scott Rudin Producer
Paul Rudnick Screenwriter
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Caroline Thompson Screenwriter
David Welch Stunts
Larry Wilson Screenwriter
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