The Addams Family

November 22nd, 1991


The Addams Family

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Still of Anjelica Huston in The Addams Family

Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.6/10 (42,312 voted)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

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?

Writers: Charles Addams, Caroline Thompson

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 - Digit Addams
Douglas Brian Martin - Dexter Addams

Taglines: Weird is relative.

Release Date: 22 November 1991

Filming Locations: Brentwood Theatre - 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $113,502,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Barry Sonnenfeld had not originally planned to use the theme music from the television series in the movie. He included it in the opening sequence after positive reactions to the early trailer, which included the theme.

Continuity: When 'Gordon' gets 'flushed' he comes out of Pugsley's drain which is on the left. However when he starts chasing Wednesday, she comes out of her own drain which is now on the left after having being on the right.

Gomez: Cara mia.
Morticia: Mon cher.

User Review

Stunning performances all round

Rating: 10/10

The Addams Family are one of the more recognisable families in TV history. With that in mind, let's skip the introductions and get straight to the chase.

The performances in this movie are superb. It's a black, black comedy, and as such, it requires a certain kind of actor. The kind who has the right look, the perfect comedic timing, and the ability to deliver lines so deadpan it almost hurts.

Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and a young Christina Ricci somehow ALL manage to deliver. They're truly a delight to watch, delivering the most macabre lines without even coming close to cracking a smile, yet having me in stitches every time. Even Christopher Lloyd, playing a far more energetic character, manages to bring in a maniacal edge to the performance. I don't think there's an actor in the movie who doesn't understand the role they play.

The script is great material for them to work with too, extremely witty, rarely if ever falling on it's face, and complemented with some fantastic sets. And let's not forget the music. From the legendary theme tune, to the harpsichord jingles accompanying the visual gags, to the booming organs during the heavier moments, it's spot-on. The whole movie works as one to capture *THE* Addams atmosphere, macabre as it's ever been.

Sure, there's a plot too, but while it drives the movie on, you'd watch this movie for the wonderful theme, not for an intriguing plotline.

It's a classic, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't seen it, or if you think you're too sensible for this kind of movie.


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