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Addams Family (DVD)

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Description

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.

Product Details

Barcode
5039036062183
Department
Movies & TV
Released
7 Oct 2013
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Secondary Languages
French, German, Italian
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
Runtime
96 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Addams Family
Release Year
1991
Running Time
99 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Los Locos Addams
Categories
Comedies / Black Comedy / Family (General) / Family Interaction / Halloween / Recommended / Spoof / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
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.
Notes
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
Director
Barry Sonnenfeld
Star
Christina Ricci / Dan Hedaya / Anjelica Huston / Raul Julia / Christopher Lloyd / Judith Malina / Carel Struycken / Elizabeth Wilson / Jimmy Workman
Screenwriter
Caroline Thompson
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)

Customer Reviews

CLASSIC DARK AND TWISTED HUMOR!

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A STAR-FILLED CAST BRING THE OLD ADDAMS FAMILY COMICS TO LIFE IN THIS MOVIE! A GOOD COMBO TO GET ALONG WITH THE SEQUEL, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, WHICH STAR MOST OF THE ORIGINAL ACTORS FROM THE FIRST FILM.