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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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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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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: 4/16/1995
  • UPC: 097363268932
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Addams Family

    Years ago, Fester Adams (Christopher Lloyd) left on a trip to the Bermuda Triangle. Since then the Addams family has not seen him. After many years of holding seance's, Fester finally comes home to his brother's family (Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Jimmy Workman), accompanied by a Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss (Elizabeth Wilson) who supposedly found him washed up in the Bermuda Triangle, but might be looking for more than to reunite a family.

    As a general rule, adaptations of old TV shows suck. I'm not trying to be mean, but there are only a few that I actually like, such as: Dukes of Hazzard (guilty pleasure), Get Smart, Starsky and Hutch, and The Addams Family. Of these, The Addams Family is currently my favorite movie based on a TV show, and considering I never really cared for the show (sorry, but The Munsters were more fun to watch as a TV show) and Get Smart is still one of my favorite TV shows of all time, that's saying a lot.

    What makes The Addams Family so much fun is the playful nature of the movie mixed with a lot of dark humor. First time director Barry Sonnenfeld (who went on to direct both Men In Black movies and Get Shorty as well as produce the TV show Pushing Daisies) almost makes this feel as though it could be a more comical Tim Burton film, but still remains faithful to the show with throwing fun facts from the show into the mix. The face of the matter is: this movie is just overall fun to watch more than anything else.

    The acting also helps in this case. In my opinion, after The Addams Family Values there can be no future Addams Family movies because Raul Julia is dead, and no on will ever play Gomez the way that I think he should be played. Anjelica Huston has never been more beautiful or played a character as sexy as Morticia. In my opinion, though, and this might be because I first noticed her here, Christina Ricci steals the show as young Wednesday Addams.

    The one problem that I have with this film is that it definitely drags in the third act. After the party featuring the Mamushka (I think that's how you spell it, but either way it's the best part of the film) we see the Addams's get evicted from their home. Here we see something inspired with something not so inspired. The Addams kids selling acid/poison laced lemonade is inspired, Gomez being depressed and calling the Sally Jesse Raphael show is slightly funny, but overall dated. Overall, the whole third act has a large part of that feeling of being dated and not as funny as the first two acts.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this film. I honestly love this film, and can watch it over and over again from beginning to end. Why should you watch? They're creepy, they're spooky, mysterious, and I have to say they're gloriously ooky! Definitely give this a try.

    4.5/5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice family movie

    We enjoyed this movie with whole family. Kids love it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Comic Performances!!!

    This movie is a classic of overstated comedy. Sit back and enjoy the outrageous performances of Anjelica Huston and crew. Of course the movie is crazy and goofy (it IS after all 'The Addams Family') but the casting is perfect and the dark and twisted humor thoroughly a kick!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome movie!

    This movie is a favorite of my Sister's and mine. It is excellent to watch. Definitley an ice-cream and popcorn kind of movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Addams are in fact NORMAL ;)

    Most families aren't perfect anyway and the Addams just embrace their craziness and make the best of it all. For the sake of comedy and warm and fuzzy family moments, I recommend this film to everyone! How can you not love the romance between Morticia and Gomez (rawrrr!) and the loving friendship the kids have with uncle fester ....full of laughs for all!!!!

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