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The Addams Family (1991)

Anjelica Huston , Raul Julia , Barry Sonnenfeld  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson
  • Directors: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Writers: Caroline Thompson, Charles Addams, Larry Wilson
  • Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Graham Place, Jack Cummins, Paul Rosenberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305744742
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Addams Family" on IMDb

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  • 2 Theatrical Trailers

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant return for the Addams family December 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A treat for all fans of the popular sixties sitcom. This new cast (all but John Astin who played Gomez are now deceased) featuring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and the late Raul Julia do the film and the Addams characters great justice. As the song says: "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together hooky, the Addams family." It's very funny entertainment not just for Halloween, but all year long!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! October 24, 2006
After so many years, "The Addams Family" is still one of the best comedies of all time. You can't watch this movie and not laugh, there are so many things are that just really that funny. The stunts and effects of the film are amazing. From small things like the fire on the candle painting of Uncle Fester going out to Thing walking around, this movie is really a feast for the eyes and was ahead of it's time in many areas.

Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston made this movie really work because their chemistry works so well on screen. You can see the character's emotions brilliantly portrayed by these two talanted actors. But not forgetting the rest, Christopher Lloyd was made a great Fester. This is a movie that has to be seen if you haven't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie April 17, 2004
By dylan
This is a real Tim Burton style comedy, even though he had nothing what so ever to do with this movie. See this, you'll like it.
A Short and Crappy Review by dylan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past redone with style October 9, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I loved the Addams Family when it was first a television show. Not sure why I waited until now to see the movie. The casting was brilliant. Anjelica Huston is perfect as Morticia and Raul Julia is a red-hot Gomez Addams. The effects are great. Thing is just as I remembered and so is Cousin It. The music is also inspired. Hammer was not my first choice for the soundtrack, but once I heard the songs, I agree he did the update with style.

So, what's the story? A cash-strapped Addams Family retainer wants to cash in on the gold doubloons in the family vault. What better way to do that than find Gomez's long-lost brother Fester and return him to the fold? Only the man isn't Fester....or is he?

The plot had me laughing from beginning to end. This is the kind of story I remember from the original shows. The best thing about this film is that my non-horror fan husband can watch it with me without a problem.

After I've seen the film on Prime, I'm buying it for my Halloween collection. Thanks, Amazon!

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, October 2012
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Altogether Ooky February 14, 2006
A recent re-run of the Addams Family movies on cable convinced me. They have now wormed their way into my permanent DVD collection. (if you'll pardon the pun.)

Why? It's one of the few occasions when the modern movie revival of a TV series is actually better than the original.

The casting and performances are exquisite. The male actors chew the scenery, and they do it wonderfully, especially in the case of Raoul Julia. But the women steal the show with their--pardon the pun again--deadpan delivery.

Anjelica Huston was born for the role of Morticia--and has since made something of a specialty of macabre women, playing the villainess in Roald Dahl's "The Witches", a British kids' film. And even as a child, Christina Ricci proves that she has creepy down to a fine art.

I was a little disappointed in Lurch, though. Perfect physical casting, but the actor (whom I suspect doesn't speak English as his native language) was never given the opportunity for Ted Cassidy's notorious double-takes from the TV series. Or those curious noisdes Lurch made, which were kind of a cross between a groan, a moan, an uh-huh, or a yeah, maybe. Call me an Addams purist, but never did I hear him say the famous "Yes, Mr. Addams".

Thing makes up for it, in part. Freed from his box, he is the source of sight gags galore. Though I do kind of miss the cleverness of where Thing popped up in the TV series...

By the way, Ted Cassidy (who played Lurch in the TV series) had such big, gracious hands that he also played Thing. In scenes where they appeared together, apparently Thing was a hand in. Gosh, that's the third pun for which I need to apologise...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun, just like the show! October 18, 2003
I wouldn't have bet that anyone could pull it off. The original series had such a unique and whimsical voice, I assumed that a movie maker would either overplay the feel of the film or just miss the point entirely.
But Barry Sonnenfeld gets it! And the cast is top-notch. Christina Ricci is more menacing than words can express. The late Raul Julia nails the character of Gomez.
Wonderful in its humor and its overall feel, this one is a keeper to enjoy over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It! February 23, 2006
There are a ton of terrible movie adaptions of television shows out there. This ISN'T one of them. Raul Julia was superb in the role of Gomez, the rest of the cast is excellent as well, add a fresh script that stays close to the TV show, and you have the ingredients for an excellent film!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ooky and Creepy but the sequel is better. January 5, 2001
Plot mechanics muddle everything in this so-so big screen version of the entertaining 60's t.v. show based on the famous New Yorker cartoons. The screenwriters have altered the original family and given us a rather ordinary predictable plot that involves an Uncle Fester imposter (Christopher Lloyd) which alters the chemistry of the well-known family. It's called fixing something that wasn't broken. They spend too much time setting up and positioning the characters.
The casting is quite good, and there are some funny moments and extremely inventive camera-work, but the script isn't sharp enough and instead of being dark, campy and clever, it's often strained and stupid.
Tops are the perfectly cast Angelica Huston, and Christini Ricci with Raul Julia being an acceptable Gomez.
The sequel Addams Family Value is much better.
Chris Jarmick, Author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So weird, it's cool!
Honestly, I really can't say why I like it so much. I guess it's the cast! They're all just so suited for the characters they play.
Published 1 month ago by Elida Ochoa
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
I grew up with the Addams Family as a child (black and white) and now my girls can also enjoy the misfit family, we all have a little Addams Family in all of us ;)
Published 1 month ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Addams Family
Great movie. Very happy with the quality and a funny as ever. True to the original TV show in story and characters. If you loved the show you will love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by George Edelstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I've been wanting to watch this movie for awhile and I really liked it. The price was pretty good and I was not disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by Eamin Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of this blu-ray
Because I super love this movie accept the part about the fake blood I wish they take it out in the movie over all love this movie
Published 2 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween movie day
bought this for Halloween movie day at the support center i work at. I also got Beetlejuice. It turns out that this was the hit of the movie day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete In Illinois
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap, Snap
This may sound petty, but, the film doesn't have the original music and that is sad IMO. It really disappointed me to find it was replaced by rap garbage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie
Hilarious, and there is nothing else quite like it. Beautifully done.

Viewing this film prompted me to seek out DVD's of the original TV show. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T.M. Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One For Halloween
This movie is a funny and clean Halloween classic. Who doesn't love the weird family next door with the cooky antics?
Published 4 months ago by Joe Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Really funny movie that you can watch the whole family. It's kind of hard to find clean movies that do not have the same plot over and over this movie has great cinematography. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Smeagol2430
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