The Addams Family (1991)

USA,
99m, 102m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1 [negative ratio], 1.85:1 [intended ratio]
Dolby SR, English
Reviewed at The

An American fantasy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Plot Summary

The guilt – stricken Gomez Addams is determined to find his lost brother Fester, missing after a fight for which he blames himself. The situation is exploited by the unscrupulous lawyer Tully Alford, his dippy wife Margaret and the evil, loan – sharking Abigail Craven whose lumbering son Gordon is a dead ringer for the absent Fester. Wishing to get their on the gold said to be stashed at the Addams Mansion, Gordon disguises himself as Fester and gatecrashes the (un)happy home with a concocted story about vanishing in the Bermuda Triangle.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Orion Pictures Corporation/Paramount Pictures
Executive Producer: Graham Place
Producer: Scott Rudin
Co-Producer: Jack Cummins
Associate Producers: Ronnie Arnold, Paul Rosenberg
Script: Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson
Characters: Charles Addams
Director of Photography: Owen Roizman
Editors: Dede Allen, Jim Miller
Music: Marc Shaiman
Sound Recordist: Mark ‘Frito' Long
Costume Designers: Ruth Myers, Barbara Matera *
Make Up Designer: Fern Buchner
Hair Designer: Anthony Cortino
Special Make Up Effects: Makeup and Effects Laboratories Inc, Louis Lazzara
Special Prosthetics and Mechanical Devices: Alterian Studios Inc, Tony Gardner
Thing Prosthetics and Puppets: David Miller Studios, David Miller
Production Designer: Richard MacDonald

Cast
Anjelica Huston (Morticia Addams)
Raul Julia (Gomez Addams)
Christopher Lloyd (Gordon/Fester Addams)
Dan Hedaya (Tully Alford)
Elizabeth Wilson (Abigail Craven)
Judith Malina (Granny Addams)
Carel Struychen (Lurch)
Dana Ivey (Margaret Alford)
Paul Benedict (Judge Womack)
Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams)
Jimmy Workman (Pugsley Addams)
Christopher Hart (Thing)
John Franklin (Cousin It)
Tony Azito (Digit Addams)
Douglas Brian Martin (Dexter Addams)
Steven M. Martin (Donald Addams)
Allegra Kent (Cousin Ophelia Addams)
Richard Korthaze (Slosh Addams)
Ryan Holihan (Lumpy Addams)
Maureen Sue Levin (Flora Amor)

Alternative Titles

Die – German title
La familia Addams – Spanish title
Los locos Addams – Argentinian title
The Addams Family – perhe Addams – Finnish title
La Famille Addams – French title
As Addams család – Hungarian title
La famiglia Addams – Italian title
Rodzina Addamsów – Polish title
A Família Addams – Portugese title
Familjen Addams – Swedish title

Sequel to
The Addams Family (1964-1966)
The Addams Family (1973)


The Addams Family (1992)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Addams Family Reunion (1998)

See also
Casper (1995)
Chicken Park (1994)
The Haunting (1999)
The Maddams Family (1993)
Mars Attacks! (1996)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique February 1992 pp.48-51 – illustrated article
  • Cinefantastique June 1992 p.54 – review
  • Cinema (Germany) 19 December 1991 – review (by Heiko Rosner)
  • The Dark Side July 1992 pp.32-33 – review
  • Empire January 1992 pp.19, 54-61 – illustrated review, illustrated article
  • Fangoria no.108 (November 1991) pp.30-33, 68 – illustrated interview
  • Interzone no.58 (April 1992) p.25 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Première May 1992 p.21 – review (by Francois Forestier)
  • Studio April 1992 p.27 – review (by Michel Rebichon)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) p.468 – credits, review
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.224 – credits
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.11 – credits, review
  • Elliott's Guide to Home Entertainment (4th Edition) by John Elliott p.5 – credits
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film by R.G. Young p.3 – credits
  • The Essential Monster Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.28 – credits
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.3
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis pp.2-3 – credits
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.124 – credits, review
  • Psychotronic Video Guide by Michael Weldon pp.3-4 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.20 – credits
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.30-31 – credits, review
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.82 – credits, review