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The Addams Family [1991] (1 disc)

Director:Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer:Caroline Thompson
Larry Wilson
Composer:Marc Shaiman
Length:94 minutes
(1 hour 34 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Dark Comedy
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IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Gomez's personal suffering is relieved when his brother, Fester, appears to have returned home.

Reaction: A fairly basic plotline but this movie is more about the atmosphere of the family itself than anything else.

Personal Rating: 6/10

"Gomez, don't torture yourself. That's my job."

Barry Sonnenfeld => Director / Passenger on Gomez's train (uncredited)
Caroline Thompson => Writer
Larry Wilson => Writer
Marc Shaiman => Composer
Charles Addams => Original Cartoons
Allegra Kent => Cousin Ophelia Addams
Anjelica Huston => Morticia Addams
Carel Struycken => Lurch
Christina Ricci => Wednesday Addams
Christopher Hart => Thing
Christopher Lloyd => Gordon Craven / Uncle Fester
Dan Hedaya => Tully Alford, Addams' Attorney
Dana Ivey => Margaret Alford / Margaret Addams
Daniel Pikus => Teenage Gomez
Darlene Levin => Fauna Amor
Elizabeth Wilson => Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss / Abigail Craven
Jimmy Ross => Pre-Teen Gomez
Jimmy Workman => Pugsley Addams
John Franklin => Cousin Itt
Judith Malina => Grandma
Maureen Sue Levin => Flora Amor
Mercedes McNab => Girl Scout
Michael Hittesdorf => Teenage Fester
Paul Benedict => Judge Womack
Raul Julia => Gomez Addams
Ryan Anderson => Pre-Teen Fester
Sally Jessy Raphael => Herself
Whit Hertford => Little Tully (as Whitby Hertford)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Uncle Fester powering a light bulb with his mouth is a reference to the original [TV series], where he does the same thing.
  • 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.
  • The very same polar bear in the main parlor of the Addams' house in the [series] from the 60's appears in this movie as well.
  • The auction scene in which Morticia and Gomez take turns bidding for an item they themselves donated is based on a similar scene from the episode {Morticia's Favorite Charity} from [The Addams Family] in the sixties.
  • Several scenes reference original Charles Addams illustrations, most notably the introduction sequence where the Addams family pours a cauldron of oil on the Christmas carolers, the passenger on Gomez's toy train, the octopus painted on the footboard of Wednesday's bed, and Pugsley with the road sign.
  • In the [television series], Fester was Morticia's uncle (and hence not technically an Addams), but in the films, he is Gomez's brother and is referred to as Fester Addams.
  • The name Wednesday is a reference to the line in the Mother Goose poem that goes, "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
  • The Addams' house was built for US$100,000.
  • In the original [TV series] Grandmama was Gomez's mother and her name was Eudora Addams. In the films she is Morticia's mother and he name was changed to Esmerelda Frump (Morticia's mother in the series was Hestor Frump).