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The Addams Family

The Addams Family promotional movie poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Scott Rudin
Written by Charles Addams(characters)
Caroline Thompson
Larry Wilson
Starring Anjelica Huston
Raúl Juliá
Christopher Lloyd
Elizabeth Wilson
Christina Ricci
Judith Malina
Carel Struycken
Jimmy Workman
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Owen Roizman
Editing by Dede Allen
Jim Miller
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
Orion Pictures (non-USA via Columbia Pictures)
Release date(s) November 22, 1991
Running time 99 min.
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Addams Family Values
IMDb profile

The Addams Family is a black comedy film based on the characters, The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (504x755, 79 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958) is an American motion picture producer known not only for his award-winning films, but also for his legendary temper. ... Charles Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912–September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Lawrence Frank Wilson (born May 24, 1938, in Rigby, Idaho) is a former American football free safety who played for the St. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay [IPA: raul rafael xulia i aɾselai] (better known as simply Raúl Juliá) (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Golden Globe award winning actor from Puerto Rico who lived and worked for many years in the United... For other persons named Christopher Lloyd, see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation). ... Elizabeth Wilson (born April 4, 1921) is a Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Judith Malina (born June 4, 1926) is an American theater and film actor, writer, and director, who is one of the founders and leaders of The Living Theatre. ... Carel Struycken (born July 30, 1948 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands) is a character actor in film, television, and stage. ... Marc Shaiman (born October 22, 1959) is a composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television and theatre. ... Owen Roizman, born 22 September 1936, is a celebrated cinematographer and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... Dede Allen (born Dorothea Carothers Allen, 3 December, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American film editor. ... James Miller may refer to any number of individuals: James Miller, a the 19th century United States general and politician James Miller, a United States Civil War Medal of Honor winner James Miller, a British cameraman shot by the Israel Defence Force whilst making a documentary in the Gaza strip... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Black comedy and List of black comedies, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... For the TV series, see The Addams Family (TV series). ... Charles Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912–September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. ...


The movie was originally developed by Orion Pictures (which at the time owned the rights to the television series on which the movie was based). However, due to the studio's financial problems, Paramount began co-producing the film and ended up releasing the movie in the U.S., with Orion retaining the international rights. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Addamses are a family of wealthy and eccentric individuals who live together in a Second Empire mansion and share a common interest in the bizarre and the macabre. The characters first appeared in cartoons in The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s, and later gained popularity in the defunct TV series, The Addams Family. The film centers on the day to day life of the family, and the return of Gomez Addams's long-lost brother Fester, played by Christopher Lloyd. The film also stars Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, and Christina Ricci. The canonical example of Second Empire style is the Opéra Garnier, in which Neo-Baroque meets Neo-Renaissance. ... For other uses, see Macabre (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see New Yorker. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... John Astin as Gomez in The Addams Family television series. ... For the author who uses this as a pseudonym, see Uncle Fester (author) Uncle Fester Uncle Fester is a member of the fictional Addams Family. ... For other persons named Christopher Lloyd, see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation). ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay [IPA: raul rafael xulia i aɾselai] (better known as simply Raúl Juliá) (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Golden Globe award winning actor from Puerto Rico who lived and worked for many years in the United... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ...

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Plot

The film opens at Christmas time. A customized clock featuring the family members strikes the hour: Gomez is kissing the breast of Morticia; Lurch is sweeping the entrance; and Pugsley is hanging Wednesday. The scene shifts from the clock to where Gomez (Raúl Juliá) reflects sorrowfully on all the years he has lost with his absent brother Fester, whom he has not seen for 25 years after a falling-out between them. Gomez' lawyer, Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), proposes a "Fester Addams Offshore Retirement Fund," the entire purpose of which is to pay off Alford's debt to a loan shark. Gomez, oblivious to the real purpose, still turns the offer down on the principle that they should not discuss new business until the next quarter. a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ... The hour (symbol: h) is a unit of time. ... John Astin as Gomez in The Addams Family television series. ... For other uses, see Breast (disambiguation). ... Four major characters from the original television adaptation: Thing (foreground) with Uncle Fester, Morticia and Gomez Addams The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Lurch is the fictional manservant to The Addams Family created by cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Ken Weatherwax as Puglsey in The Addams Family television series. ... Lisa Loring as Wednesday in The Addams Family television series. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay [IPA: raul rafael xulia i aɾselai] (better known as simply Raúl Juliá) (March 9, 1940 – October 24, 1994) was a Golden Globe award winning actor from Puerto Rico who lived and worked for many years in the United... Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya is a prolific character actor who was born on July 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to a Sephardic Jewish family. ...


Alford's wife Margaret meets with Morticia (Anjelica Huston) in hopes she will donate something to a charity auction. Morticia offers to donate a bejewelled finger trap, then invites the Alfords to a séance in which they would attempt to contact Uncle Fester's spirit. Four major characters from the original television adaptation: Thing (foreground) with Uncle Fester, Morticia and Gomez Addams The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as...


Tully returns to work to find his loan shark, Abigail Craven (Elizabeth Wilson), and her son Gordon (Christopher Lloyd) waiting for him. Gordon harasses Tully until he discovers the gold doubloons Gomez has paid him for his monthly expenses. Tully notices just how similar Gordon looks to Fester, and proposes that Gordon pose as Fester to infiltrate the Addams' house to find the vault where they keep their vast riches. Elizabeth Wilson (born April 4, 1921) is a Tony Award-winning American actress. ... For other persons named Christopher Lloyd, see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation). ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... The term doubloon (from Spanish doblón, meaning double) refers to a gold coin minted in Spain, Mexico, Peru, or Nueva Granada. ... Look up Month in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


At the séance, the Addamses attempt to contact Fester's spirit, demanding he knock three times. As they ask, they hear a knock at the door. They answer it to find Gordon, posing as Fester, with Ms. Craven, posing as a psychiatrist named Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss. She informs them that Fester had been found in Miami, and after extensive testing, the Florida Department of Fish and Game declared that this was indeed Fester. Gordon claims he will only be with the family for a week, since he "has things cooking in the Bermuda Triangle," whereas intentionally he would then leave after pilfering the vault. For the numeral, see 3 (number). ... Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... For more details on each day of the week, see days of the week. ...


Gomez is initially overjoyed, and immediately takes Gordon to the vault to show some old movie footage. Gordon learns the reason for Gomez and Fester's falling out: Gomez was jealous of Fester's ways with women, and wooed both the beautiful Amore twins even though he didn't love them.


Gomez becomes more and more suspicious as "Fester" fails to remember important events from their childhood: when Gomez had his first cigar, the combination to the vault, their secret names for each other. The last straw occurs after the charity auction: After buying back their own bejewelled finger trap for $50,000, Gordon asks how to take it off; something Fester should have known since he had been stuck wearing that same finger trap for two years, but which Gordon does not know.


Gordon attempts to access the vault, but cannot remember which of the many chains to pull is the right one, and is ejected from the house. Morticia meets him outside and leads him on a tour of the graveyard, before reminding him of the family creed: Sic gorgiamos allos subjectatus nunc, "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us."


Gordon thinks that the family is on to his ruse; therefore in comes Dr. Pinder-Schloss, who convinces Gomez that his suspicion of Fester is nothing more than Displacement. Gomez is convinced. Meanwhile, Gordon begins to show signs that he is growing close to the family: he spends a lot of time with Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman), helping with a sword fight scene for a school play, and teaching them about explosives. Lisa Loring as Wednesday in The Addams Family television series. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Ken Weatherwax as Puglsey in The Addams Family television series. ...


At the upcoming school play, Gordon and his mother hatch a plan: to pretend to not be interested in the school play, thus leaving the house vacant so they can get to the vault. Gordon breaks from the plan by instead going to watch Wednesday and Pugsley's scene in the play. Gordon's mother tries to enter the house anyway, but is trapped by the mobile plants outside the house.


The next morning, Morticia reveals to "Dr. Pinder-Schloss" that Gomez and Fester have reconciled, and that a party would be planned honoring Fester's return. This gives Gordon and his mother another opportunity to reach the vault.


At the party, the many Addamses gather to celebrate. When Wednesday is sent to check on Fester, she finds Gordon in the bathroom, with his mother shaving his head. The two of them are talking about their plans for the evening. Wednesday realizes that he is fake and escapes to the family graveyard chased by Gordon.


Meanwhile, Tully Alford has left the party, privy to some important information: Fester, being the older brother, would be the executor of the Addams estate, and would thus inherit everything on their property. Tulley enlists the aid of Gomez' neighbor, a judge whose windows are constantly being broken by Gomez hitting golf balls from his roof. The judge enthusiastically asks what he can do. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Once the party is over, it is discovered that Wednesday is missing. All the Addamses except Gordon go to search for her, and come back to their house to find the gate locked, with Tully behind it, holding a restraining order, demanding they stay at least a thousand yards from the property. Gomez takes the issue to court, but the judge presiding over the case – the same one contacted by Tulley – rules in favor of Gordon. Defeated, the Addamses move into a motel. For the techno single by Moby, see Thousand (single). ...


While Gordon, his mother, and Tully Alford all try to reach the vault, the Addamses try to adapt to their new situation. To support the family, Wednesday and Pugsley open a lemonade stand. Morticia attempts to become a preschool teacher, in which position her rendition of Hansel and Gretel makes all the children cry. Thing inexplicably gets a job as a courier for Federal Express. Gomez is so despondent he refuses to do anything but watch daytime TV and eat snack food. Thing (foreground) with Uncle Fester, Morticia and Gomez Addams Thing was a fictional character in the television series The Addams Family (1964-66) , the revived series The New Addams Family (1998), and in the related movies The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). ... Federal Express redirects here. ...


It pains Morticia to see her family living like this; therefore she returns to the mansion to confront Gordon. She is subdued by Tully and Craven, who torture her to get her to reveal how to reach the vault. Thing sees all this and returns to the motel, where he informs Gomez that his beloved wife is in trouble. Gomez rushes to her rescue, whereupon Craven offers an ultimatum: she demands that he take them to the vault or she will kill Morticia. Look up Pain in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Torture (disambiguation). ...


Gordon, disgusted by the use of torture against the family he had grown to love and by his mother whose constant badgering became worse and worse, takes matters into his own hands. The bookshelf which conceals a secret passageway to the vault also contains books that, when opened, project their contents into reality. Gordon threatens Tully and his mother with a book named "Hurricane Irene" while Gomez and Morticia escape. Gordon opens the book, and a hurricane is unleashed inside the house. Gordon attempts to close the book, and is struck by lightning. Tully and Craven are launched out a window, into open graves which have apparently been freshly dug by Pugsley and Wednesday. Pugsley asks Wednesday; "Are they dead?" to which Wednesday replies; "Does it matter?" This article is about weather phenomena. ... Lightning over Oradea in Romania For information on lightning precautions, see Lightning safety. ...


Seven months later, all is well with the family. Gordon, it turns out, really was Fester all along, and the story that he had been found in Miami was true; but he had been suffering from amnesia, as a result of remaining in the Bermuda Triangle, until the lightning struck him. As Fester and the children rush out to the graveyard for a rousing game of "Wake the Dead," Gomez ponders what could possibly make life better. Morticia reveals that she is pregnant. The movie ends with their kiss. NASA image of the western Atlantic, showing the popular borders of the Bermuda Triangle. ... For other uses, see Kiss (disambiguation). ...


Differences from the Television Series

The film differs from the television series in several ways. The most significant change comes from Fester becoming an Addams and Gomez's brother, as Fester was in the television series Morticia's uncle, brother of Morticia's mother Hester. Additionally, Grandmama in the original series was Gomez's mother (Eudora Addams); however it is noted in the film that Gomez's parents were murdered by an angry mob. The film subsequently implies that Grandmama is in fact Morticia's mother, with Morticia frequently referring to Grandmama as 'Mama'. Both reflected changes to the family relations first made in the 1973-1975 animated series. Cousin Itt's voice is of a decidedly higher pitch in the film, and his hair is completely straight, lacking the curls he featured in the original series. For the macabre group of characters created by Charles Addams and featured in cartoons, television, and movies, see The Addams Family. ... For the 1968 stage production, see Hair (musical), for the 1979 film, see Hair (film). ...


The famous original opening theme from the television series is also missing, replaced with a shortened instrumental version over the film's title card.


Trivia

  • Cher was seriously considered for the part of "Morticia Adams", but was passed over for Anjelica Huston when she expressed interest in the part.
  • Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton were originally considered to direct the film.
  • When Wednesday's teacher is showing students' projects to Morticia, she points out a poster completed by "Susan Ringo." Susan Ringo is the wife of the film's director, Barry Sonnenfeld.
  • Barry Sonnenfeld has a cameo role as the worried passenger in Gomez' toy train.
  • When Thing is tapping out his message to Gomez, the hole through which the actor is putting his hand is clearly visible, as are the lines on the table showing that the table was built in multiple sections to accommodate this hole.
  • Mercedes McNab, who plays the Girl Scout attempting to sell cookies to Wednesday and Pugsley, returns in Addams Family Values in a much more prominent role: that of camper Amanda Buckman. McNab would later become famous for her portrayal of high schooler-turned vampire Harmony Kendall in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, as well as in the Buffy spinoff, Angel.
  • According to the original script, the "secret password" that Gomez and Fester shared when they were children was "Demented Freak", which is what Fester said, albeit in anger.
  • Several hints are dropped during the movie that "Gordon" actually is Fester: his growing attachment to the family, his delight in the "accessories" he creates for the children's play, and most of all, when he and Gomez dance the "Mamushka," an intricate Cossack dance that "Gordon" has no trouble dancing.
  • Cousin Itt drives a 3-wheeled car: a Messerschmitt KR-175[1].

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Mercedes Alicia McNab (born March 14, 1980) is a Canadian-born actress perhaps known for playing the role of Harmony Kendall on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel. ... The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. ... Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. ... Harmony Kendall (born presumably in 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... For other uses, see Cossack (disambiguation). ...

External links


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The Addams Family
Characters
Gomez Addams | Morticia Addams | Pugsley Addams | Wednesday Addams | Uncle Fester | Grandmama | Lurch | Thing | Cousin Itt
TV
The Addams Family | 1972 animated series | 1992 animated series | The New Addams Family
Films
The Addams Family (1991) | Addams Family Values (1993) | Addams Family Reunion (1998)
Games
Fester's Quest (1989) | The Addams Family (pinball) (1991) | The Addams Family (1992) | The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (1993) | Addams Family Values (1994) | Addams Family (1994)

 
 

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