The Addams Family script
Synopsis: When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), arrives at the Addams' home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester's life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.

FADE IN:

A1 EXT. ADDAMS MANSION FRONT STEPS - CHRISTMAS EVE A1

A GROUP OF CAROLERS, their eager faces upturned, SINGS anendless and cloying roundelay of "Little Drummer Boy."

They sing with self-righteous good cheer. As theypompously begin their umpteenth verse,

THE CAMERA SLOWLY PANS UP THE ADDAMS MANSION -- pastthe black wreath on the front door, past broken windows,

weather-beaten shingles, a creaking shutter.

THE CAMERA CONTINUES TO PAN TO THE ROOF

where the Addams Family members, GOMEZ, MORTICIA, GRANNY,

PUGSLEY, WEDNESDAY, and LURCH, their faithful butler,

gleefully POUR a CAULDRON OF BUBBLING, STEAMING PITCHover the edge.

AS THE CAULDRON TIPS, THE CAMERA PUSHES INSIDE, THE

BLACKNESS OF THE PITCH FILLS THE SCREEN. TITLES BEGIN.

DISSOLVE TO:

1 INT. DIM HALLWAY - SEVEN O'CLOCK A.M. 1

C.U. AN OVER-SIZED "CUCKOO" CLOCK -The

clock is a perfect REPLICA OF THE ADDAMS FAMILYHOUSE, down to the creaking shutter. It chimes the hour.

In ONE WINDOW, a LITTLE MECHANICAL GOMEZ bends a

MECHANICAL MORTICIA back until she's almost off her feet

and plants a kiss between her clockwork decolletage.

One, two, three mechanical kisses, counting towardseven o'clock.

IN ANOTHER WINDOW, A MECHANICAL PUGSLEY hangs aMECHANICAL WEDNESDAY from a noose on a gallows, up anddown.

Meanwhile, little BURSTS OF FOG float off the rooftopwhere a little MECHANICAL GRANNY cranks her fog machine.

The front door of the house pops open, and a MECHANICALLURCH appears and begins sweeping.

Just then, THING, the disembodied hand with the

full-bodied personality, CLIMBS into view over the backof the clock.

Thing leaps to the floor and SCAMPERS down the hall.

LOW TRACKING SHOT

follows Thing along the hallway.

(CONTINUED)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY - 11/28/90 2.

1 CONTINUED:
1

He runs past a couple of doors, past a pair of LEGS inpajamas, feet in bedroom slippers. He skids to a halt

and BACK TRACKS to the legs. He pulls on the cuff ofthe pajama bottoms. They belong to GOMEZ, who standsin the doorway to

A2 INT. FESTER'S ROOM A2

Gomez wears a fez and a smoking jacket over his pajamas.

Even at this early hour, he puffs on his trademark cigar.

Gomez is all enthusiasm or all despair. At the moment,

he radiates unfathomable woe.

GOMEZ:

Think of it, Thing. He's been gone

for twenty-five years. For twenty-

five years we've attempted to

contact Fester in the great

beyond...

The room is a dusty, cobweb-filled, long-unoccupied shrineto Gomez's lost brother, Fester. Gomez drifts in from the

doorway.

The room has remained untouched since Fester's

disappearance as a teenager. The thick coating of dustand cobwebs adorns the mementoes of a rapscallion's youth

-a football pennant from Alcatraz, headless sportstrophies, a high school photo with all the other studentskeeping as much distance from Fester as possible.

As he lovingly and morosely surveys the room:

GOMEZ:

... And for twenty-five years,

nothing. Not a whisper, not a

clue. I'm beginning to think my

my brother truly is lost.

Gomez sighs. Thing TUGS at his cuff, pulling him towardsthe

B2 INT. HALLWAY - SAME TIME B2

Galloping ahead of Gomez, Thing leaps onto anold-fashioned door latch and the door swings open INTO

2 INT. GOMEZ AND MORTICIA'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME 2

Gomez approaches the bed. Asleep on scarlet satin sheetsis...

MORTICIA:

(CONTINUED)

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2 CONTINUED:
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GOMEZ:

(gazing at Morticia)

Look at her -- I would die for her.

I would kill for her. Either way

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Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson (born April 23, 1956) is an American novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer. She wrote the screenplays for Tim Burton's films Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. She co-wrote the story for Edward Scissorhands and recently co-adapted a new stage version of the film with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Thompson also adapted the screenplay for the film version of Wicked Lovely, a bestselling fantasy series, in 2011, but the production was put into turnaround. more…

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