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  • PG
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1991
  • 96 mins [R][S]

The Addams Family

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Synopsis

Confidence tricksters zero in on an eccentric clan they consider an easy mark, only to find the Addamses more resilient than expected, in a spooky comic adventure for all the family

About

Has Hollywood run out of ideas? Is resurrecting a long dead TV show a sure sign of creative bankruptcy? Not when the results are as delightful as The Addams Family, an inventive adaptation that’s actually loads funnier than the TV version of Charles Addams' cartoon strip. The plot isn’t really the point (a Fester lookalike attempts to usurp the Addams' fortune), but the jokes come machine gun fast and the casting is absolutely inspired.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Elizabeth Wilson, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Judith Malina, Christopher Lloyd, Raul Julia, Dan Hedaya
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Screen Writer: Caroline Thompson
  • Producer: Scott Rudin
  • Photographer: Owen Roizman
  • Composer: Larry Wilson

In a nutshell

Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston are sizzling as heads of the spooky family, Christopher Lloyd gurns gruesomely as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci's performance as Wednesday is wonderfully dark. A twisted treat.

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