|The Addams Family|
|Starring|| Raul Julia|
|Directed By||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Written By|| Caroline Thompson|
|Release Date||November 22, 1991|
A con artist and her son take advantage of Fester's 25 year absence to try to steal the Addams fortune.
The story begins Gomez reflects sorrowfully on the years lost his Fester, whom he has not seen for 25 years after falling-out between them. Gomez' lawyer, Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), proposes "Fester Addams Offshore Retirement Fund," the entire purpose of which is pay off Alford' loan shark. Gomez, oblivious the real purpose, still turns the offer down on the principle that they should not business
gift to charity auction. Morticia offers to donate bejewelled finger trap, the Alfords séance in which they would attempt to contact
Uncle Fester's spirit.Tully returns
Tully until he discovers the gold doubloons Gomez
has paid him for his monthly expenses.Tully notices
just how similar Gordon looks to Fester, and proposes
that Gordon pose Fester to infiltrate the Addams' house
to find the vault where they keep their vast riches.
At the séance, Grandmama attempts
to contact Fester's spirit, demanding he knock
three times. they ask, they hear knock at
the door. They answer it to find Gordon, posing
Fester, Ms. Craven, posing psychiatrist named Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss.
She informs them that Fester had been found in Miami, and after extensive testing,
the Florida Department of the Fish and the Game declared
this was indeed Fester. Gordon claims the family for week, since he "has things cooking in
the Bermuda Triangle," whereas intentionally he would then leave after pilfering
the vault.Gomez is initially overjoyed, and immediately takes Gordon to the vault to show some old movie footage. Gordon learns the reason for Gomez and Fester's falling out: Gomez was jealous of Fester's ways with women, and wooed both the beautiful Flora and Fauna Amore twins even though he
didn't love them.Gomez becomes more and more
suspicious Fester fails to remember important events their childhood:
when Gomez had his first cigar, the combination to
the vault, their secret names for each other.
The last straw occurs after
the charity auction: After buying back their own bejewelled finger trap for $50,000, Gordon asks how to take it off; something Fester should have known since he had been stuck wearing that same finger trap for two years, but which Gordon does not know.
Gordon attempts to access the vault, but cannot remember which of
the many chains to pull is the right one, and is ejected from
the house via piranha tank. Morticia meets him outside and leads him on tour of
the graveyard, before reminding him of the family creed:
Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc, meaning "We gladly feast on those
who would subdue us."Gordon thinks that
the family is on to his ruse; therefore in comes Dr. Pinder-Schloss,
who convinces Gomez that his suspicion of
Fester is nothing more than Displacement. Gomez is convinced.
Meanwhile, Gordon begins to show signs that he is growing close to
At the upcoming school play, Gordon and his mother hatch plan: to pretend
to not be interested in the school play, thus leaving the house vacant so they can get to
the vault. Gordon breaks from the plan by instead going to watch Wednesday and Pugsley's scene in the play. Gordon's mother tries to enter the house anyway, but is trapped by the mobile plants outside the house.
The next morning, Morticia reveals
to Dr. Pinder-Schloss that Gomez and Fester
have reconciled, and that party would
be planned honoring Fester's return.
This gives Gordon and his mother another opportunity to reach the vault.
At the party, the Addams clan gather to celebrate.
When Wednesday is sent to check on Fester, she finds Gordon in
the bathroom, with his mother shaving his head.
The two of them are talking about their plans for
the evening. Wednesday realizes
that he is fake and escapes
to the family graveyard chased by Gordon.
Meanwhile, Tully Alford has left the party, privy
to some important information:
Fester, being the older brother, would be the executor of
the Addams estate, and would thus inherit everything on
their property. Tulley enlists the aid of
Gomez' neighbor, Judge Womack
whose windows are constantly
being broken Gomez hitting
golf balls from his roof.
The judge enthusiastically asks what he can do.Once the party is over,
it is discovered that Wednesday is missing.
the Addamses except Gordon go to search for
her, and come back to house to find
the gate locked, with Tully behind it, holding a restraining order,
demanding they stay at least a thousand yards from the property. Gomez takes
the issue to court, but Judge Womack rules in
favor of Gordon out of spite for Gomez (though he does give Gomez
his golf balls back). Defeated,
the Addamses move into a motel.
While Gordon, his mother, and Tully Alford all try to reach the vault,
the Addamses try to adapt to their new situation. To support
the family, Wednesday and Pugsley open a lemonade stand. Morticia attempts
to become a preschool teacher, in which position her rendition of Hansel and Gretel makes all
It pains Morticia to see her family living like this; therefore she returns to the mansion to confront Gordon. She is subdued by Tully and Craven, who torture her to get her to reveal how to reach the vault. Thing sees all this and returns to the motel, where he informs Gomez that his beloved wife is in trouble. Gomez rushes to her rescue, whereupon Abigail offers an ultimatum: she demands that he take them to the vault or she will kill Morticia if he does not come back in 1 hour.
Gordon, disgusted by the use of torture against the family he had grown to love and by his mother whose constant badgering became worse and worse, takes matters into his own hands. The bookshelf which conceals a secret passageway to the vault also contains books that, when opened, project their contents into reality. Gordon threatens Tully and his mother with a book named "Hurricane Irene" while Gomez and Morticia escape. But then Wednesday comes in hoping to save her parents unknowing they got away. Right when Gordon tells her to leave, Tully grabs Wednesday to use her as a hostage by holding her in front of him, using her so Gordon won't open the book. Leaving Gordon weak, Tully pushes Wednesday forward to threaten him even more to open the vault. Right when he is about to, Lurch comes in with an ax, and threatens Tully to let Wednesday go, which he does out of fear, to which Wednesday runs to Lurch, he picks her up and carries her out of the room to safety. Gordon now seeing Wednesday is out of harms way, opens the book, and a hurricane is unleashed inside the house. Gordon attempts to close the book, and is struck by lightning. Tully and Craven are launched out a window, into open graves which have apparently been freshly dug by Pugsley, Wednesday and Thing. Pugsley asks Wednesday, "Are they dead?" to which Wednesday replies, "Does it matter?"
Seven months later, all is well with the family as they are throwing a Halloween party. Gordon, it turns out, really was Fester all along, and the story that he had been found in Miami was true; but he had been suffering from amnesia, as a result of remaining in the Bermuda Triangle, until the lightning struck him. As Fester and the children rush out to the graveyard for a rousing game of "Wake the Dead," Gomez ponders what could possibly make life better. Morticia reveals that she is pregnant (setting the stage for the sequel Addams Family Values with their son Pubert). The movie ends with their kiss.
In a 2012 interview, Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of the movie, stated that he originally intended that it be unclear whether Fester really was an imposter or not, but all the other actors rebelled and chose 10-year-old Christina Ricci to speak on their behalf, who "gave this really impassioned plea that Fester shouldn't be an imposter.... so we ended up totally changing that plot point to make the actors happy. And they were right — it was the better way to go."
- Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams
- Raul Julia as Gomez Addams
- Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester
- Elizabeth Wilson as Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss
- Christina Ricci as Wednesday
- Judith Malina as Grandmama
- Dan Hedaya as Tully Alford
- Carel Struycken as Lurch
- Paul Benedict as Judge Womack
- Christopher Hart as Thing
- Dana Ivey as Margaret Alford
- Jimmy Workman as Pugsley
- John Franklin as Cousin Itt
- Tony Azito as Digit Addams
- Douglas Brian Martin as Dexter Addams
- Steven M. Martin as Donald Addams
- Allegra Kent as Cousin Ophelia Frump
- Richard Korthaze as Slosh Addams
- Ryan Holihan as Lumpy Addams
- Maureen Sue Levin as Flora Amor
- Darlene Levin as Fauna Amor
- Kate McGregor-Stewart as Employment Agent
- Lela Ivey as Susan Firkins
- Whitby Hertford as Little Tully
- Patty Maloney as Lois Addams
- Victoria Hall as Swedish Blonde
- Jimmy Ross as Pre-Teen Gomez
- Ryan Anderson as Pre-Teen Fester
- Daniel Pikus as Teenage Gomez
- Michael Hittesdorf as Teenage Fester
- Lauren Walker as Teenage Flora Amor
- Valeri Walker as Teenage Fauna Amor
- Mercedes McNab as Girl Scout
- Joe Zimmerman as Long Arm Addams
- Steve Welles as Fingers Addams
- Eugene M. Jackson as One-Armed Bass Player
- Richard Tanner as Snake Charmer
- Marc Shaiman as Conductor
- Jonathan Wee as Juggler 1
- Owen Morse as Juggler 2
- Sally Jessy Raphael as Herself
- Diane Burt as Caroler
- Barry Sonnenfeld as Passenger on Gomez's train (uncredited)
- Originally an Orion Picures property but being strapped for cash they began selling off promising film projects including The Addams Family. Orion still maintained non-U.S. distribution rights to the film thanks to Columbia
- Camp Custer
- Aunt LaBorgia
- Cousin Fledge
- Uncle Imar
- Calpurnia Addams
- Uncle Atlas
- This movie was recorded in October 29-30, 1989.