Movie: Addams Family (1991)

I don’t remember ever seeing this movie even though Alex said I must have. Either way, I really enjoyed it. Before the end of the month, I plan to watch part two as well as the animated feature.

Addams Family / Release year 1991 / Runtime: 1h 39m
IMDb Plot SummaryThe Addams Family steps out of Charles Addams’ cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip the shark’s son into the family as their long-lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered?

Movie Cast

Anjelica HustonMorticia Addams
Raul JuliaGomez Addams
Christopher LloydUncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
Dan HedayaTully Alford
Elizabeth WilsonAbigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
Judith MalinaGranny
Carel StruyckenLurch
Dana IveyMargaret Alford
Paul BenedictJudge Womack
Christina RicciWednesday Addams
Jimmy WorkmanPugsley Addams
Christopher HartThing
John FranklinCousin It


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After the movie premiered, children would frequently recognize Raul Julia as Gomez Addams out in public, which according to him, always brought a smile to his face. Julia stated that Gomez Addams was by far his favorite role, and his family said this recognition was especially meaningful to him in the final months of his life because he loved performing for children and making them happy whenever the opportunity presented itself.

The exterior of the Addams’ house was built for $100,000.

The Addams’ family car is a 1932 Packard Twin Six.

The Many Shades of Wednesday Addams - The New York Times

The name Wednesday is a reference to the line in the Mother Goose poem that goes, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”

Wednesday Addams is one of Christina Ricci’s favorite roles ever.

Wednesday’s middle name is “Friday.” Her full name is Wednesday Friday Addams.

The name Pinderschloss is based on two German words. Pinder translates as nut. Schloss translates as chateau or Manor House. So, in other words, her surname translates as nut house, slang for asylum. A psychiatrist named Dr Nuthouse.

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When Fester arrives at the Addams’ house, his trunk bears travel stickers from locations known for horrible events and disasters: Elba, Jonestown, the Bermuda Triangle, Death Valley, the Black Hole of Calcutta, Three Mile Island, Alcatraz, Pompeii, Devil’s Island, and others.

During the cemetery walk of Morticia and Fester, Morticia shows him the tomb of Fester’s deceased pet vulture Muerto. Muerto is the Spanish word for “dead”.

Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd previously both appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

Christopher Lloyd (Fester) uses the line “No tricks, Gomez.” In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Lloyd’s Klingon character Kruge uses a similar line: “No tricks, Kirk.”

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“We danced the Mamushka while Nero fiddled” is a reference to Emperor Nero of Rome. During his reign in 64AD, Emperor Nero was performing on stage for his people, playing his Lyre, when his city burst into flames. As the flames engulfed the city, Nero continued to play. The fire itself burned for 6 days and destroyed 70% of it.

During the end of the Mamushka song, Gomez pronounces Fester “the echt Fester Addams.” The term “echt” means “real” in Dutch, but the technically-correct way is “De echte (masc.) Fester Addams.”

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To make Anjelica Huston’s eyes look slanted like the original Morticia, the make-up artists had to attach strings with spirit gum to the outside corners of her eyes and anchor the strings on her head.

In order to gain Morticia’s figure, Anjelica Huston wore a metal corset. She also had to get gauze eye lifts, neck tucks, and fake nails daily. She told Entertainment Weekly, “Come afternoon, I could be prone to a really good headache from my various bondages, and because I couldn’t lie down (in the corset) or rest, it was fairly exhausting.”

David Levy, who executive produced The Addams Family (1964), filed a lawsuit against “Paramount Pictures” after the film was released. He claimed that many Addams Family character “trademarks” used in the film, including Gomez’ fascination with blowing up model trains, the characters of Thing and Cousin Itt, Lurch’s fondness for playing the harpsichord, and the passionate tangos danced by Morticia and Gomez, were original ideas created by him exclusively for the series, and not part of the original Charles Addams cartoons, for which Paramount Pictures had purchased the movie rights. The lawsuit was later settled out of court.

Just noticed this product placement in The Addams Family (1991) - 9GAG

Unlike in The Addams Family (1964), where he had several catchphrases, including “You rang?”, Lurch is mute in this film (and the Addams Family Values (1993)), only making a low, slow grunting noise.

The original teaser features a woman during a speech that stops suddenly when she breaks the fourth wall to scream looking to the camera. When camera opens in a great angle for revealing to be a cinema full of viewers that also look to camera (at the bottom of the movie theater), where Addams family appear to snap while it sounds Addams Family’s music theme. Although all the family appear (Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Lurch and Grandmama), Fester’s look is very much different of the appeared in the movie. Christopher Lloyd featured the teaser with a heavy prosthetic makeup that it was scrapped from the movie because it was very similar to the used in Dick Tracy (1990).

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