The Addams Family (1991 film)

The Addams Family is a 1991 American supernatural black comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon created by cartoonist Charles Addams and the 1964 TV series produced by David Levy.[5] Directed by former cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld in his screen directing debut, the film stars Anjelica Huston, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Morticia Addams, Raul Julia as Gomez Addams, and Christopher Lloyd as Fester Addams. The film focuses on a bizarre, macabre, aristocratic family who reconnect with what they believe to be a long-lost relative, Gomez's brother Fester Addams.

The Addams Family
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Charles Addams
Produced byScott Rudin
Starring
CinematographyOwen Roizman
Edited by
Music byMarc Shaiman
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • November 22, 1991 (1991-11-22)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[1]
Box office$191.5 million[4]

The film was noted for its troubled production; originally developed at Orion, the film went $5 million over budget due to constant rewrites throughout shooting; health problems of people involved in the filming and an overall stressful filming for Sonnenfeld himself, which caused multiple delays. The rise in production costs from the film's $25 million budget to $30 million led Orion, financially struggling and fearful of another big-budget flop, to sell the film to Paramount, who completed the film and handled the film's domestic distribution, while Orion distributed the film internationally. The film was commercially successful, making back several times its production costs, and was followed by a sequel, Addams Family Values, two years later.


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