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Addams Family (DVD)
- R 103
Fusing together the old New Yorker cartoons and the 1960s sitcom, this film pits the weird Addams family against a crooked lawyer who finds someone to impersonate long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd), in an attempt to steal the family fortune. While Gomez (Raul Julia) welcomes Fester into the household, his daughter Wednesday (Christina Ricci) soon becomes suspicious of her new-found uncle.
- Movies & TV
- 7 Oct 2013
- Region 2
- Secondary Languages
- French, German, Italian
- Interactive Menus
- Enhanced WS tv
- Bonus Footage
- 96 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- Addams Family
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 99 min
- Alternate Title
- Los Locos Addams
- Comedies / Black Comedy / Family (General) / Family Interaction / Halloween / Recommended / Spoof / Theatrical Release
- When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez (Raul Julia) ecstatically begin plans for a celebration that will wake the dead. Meanwhile, an evil lawyer is plotting ways to get at the ghoulish family's fortunes--which are stashed somewhere within a secret vault inside the family mansion. Only the Addams's daughter, Wednesday, played by the brilliant and stunningly stoic Christina Ricci, and the Addams's detached hand servant, Thing, suspect that something rotten is afoot. But can they prove anything before the vault is found and the Addams family is plunged into poverty? THE ADDAMS FAMILY is not only the cartoon and television family's film premiere but is also the directorial debut of talented cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld. It has a winningly dark sense of humor that manages to be both lighthearted and macabre.
- Certain members of the cast had to withstand two hours' worth of makeup in order to become the assortment of bizarre characters.
The film was the directorial debut for Barry Sonnenfeld, who had previously been an Emmy Award-winning director of photography.
Cartoonist Charles Addams created more than 1,300 Addams Family scenes. In addition to his serialization in The New Yorker magazine, Addams's work has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York.
The television series based on Charles Addams's work ran from 1964 to 1966 on the ABC network. (THE MUNSTERS also debuted in 1964.) An animated version appeared on NBC's Saturday-morning lineup from 1973 to 1975.
Thing prosthetics and puppets were designed and monitored by David Miller of the David Miller Studio.
Paul Rudnick did some uncredited rewriting on this film.
The film grossed more than $115 million at the box office.
- Cast & Crew
- Movie Critics
- Los Angeles Times
- "...Sonnenfeld does provide the necessary visual panache..."— Kenneth Turan (22 Nov 1991, p.F1)
- New York Times
- "...A lavish, funny revival....Ingenious casting, droll production design, spirited direction and dazzling camera tricks..."— Janet Maslin (22 Nov 1991, p.C1)
- Sight and Sound
- "...The film works as a celebration of unconventional togetherness..."— Kim Newman (1 Jan 1992, p.36-7)
CLASSIC DARK AND TWISTED HUMOR!
Reviewed by Jacobus C on