Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. Ricci made her acting debut at age 10, starring with Cher and Winona Ryder in the 1990 film Mermaids, followed by a small role in 1992's The Hard Way. Her breakout role was as the dark 12-year-old Wednesday Addams in the successful The Addams Family film (1991) and its sequel, Addams Family Values (1993), where she received commercial attention and critical praise.
As an adult, Ricci began appearing in more mature roles after 1997's The Ice Storm, going on to successfully emerge out of her status as a child star, starring in a string of critically acclaimed independent films, such as The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy) and Pumpkin (2002). She also starred in major blockbusters such as Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Monster (2004).
Ricci has endured a status as a child star, teenage idol and today...
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Black Snake Moan is a 2007 film released on March 2. It was written and directed by Craig Brewer (of Hustle & Flow fame), was filmed in and around Memphis, Tennessee, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, and Christina Ricci. The title of the film derives from the 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson song, while the plot is loosely based on George Eliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner, which also features a religious social outcast recovering from romantic betrayal. In Silas Marner, Eppie is tied to Silas's house with a length of cloth for purposes similar to the iconic chain in Black Snake Moan.Black Snake Moan is set in a rural Tennessee town. Though it is not stated, there are many clues that it is set in Tennessee. Lazarus (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson), is a deeply religious farmer, a former blues guitarist with marital problems; his wife has left him for his brother which leaves him with agony and rage. Rae (Christina Ricci) is a sex-addicted young woman, traumatized by child abuse. She is...,
Home of the Brave is a 2006 drama film following the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the United States. The movie was shot in Morocco and in Spokane, Washington. During the film, local police officers and citizens participate as extras.
The film has received an MPAA rating of R for violence and language.
The film was a massive flop at the box office, earning a paltry $43,753 domestically. Originally released on December 15th, 2006 for Oscar consideration, the production studio re-thought the release pattern and decided to pull it from theaters, planning on showing it to a wider audience later in the year. It was re-released on May 11th, 2007 in 44 theaters, but this did nothing to help the film's financial earnings.
It was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song ("Try Not To Remember,") which was performed by Sheryl Crow.
Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, they are sent on one final humanitarian mission to bring...,
Cursed is a 2005 horror film by director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, the creators of Scream. It focuses on three young adults (Ricci being one of these) that are attacked by a werewolf loose in Los Angeles. They must find and kill their attacker, or suffer a fate worse than death. The movie premiered on November 7 2004 at the American Film Market, with it being released theatrically in 2005. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California, United States, with special effects shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The movie was in limbo for over a year due to production and script problems. Several cast members had to be replaced due to scheduling conflicts with other movies.
When the production was stalled, many cast members were cut, including Skeet Ulrich, Mandy Moore, Omar Epps, Illeana Douglas, Heather Langenkamp, Scott Foley, Robert Forster, and Corey Feldman. Some of these actors even filmed scenes which were scrapped by director Wes Craven.
The set used for Jimmy's high...,
The Gathering is a 2002 thriller/horror film directed by Brian Gilbert and starring Christina Ricci.
Cassie Grant is a young girl from the USA who is wandering through England on foot. On her way to Ashby Wake Cassie is hit by a car. The driver of the car, Mrs Marion Kirkman, immediately calls an ambulance. During an examination at the local hospital the doctor comes to the conclusion that Cassie only has some scratches and not even a concussion, but Cassie has lost her memory due to the accident. She only knows her name and mother country, but she does not know which town she comes from, who her family is and why she is in England. The doctor explains to her that the loss of memory is caused by a shock and that she will regain it after some recreation. As a result of the examination Cassie is checked out. The driver of the car, Marion Kirkman, invites Cassie to her house, until she has overcome her loss of memory, because Mrs Kirkman feels guilty and responsible for the lonely girl...,
Monster is a 2003 film about the life of female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The role of Aileen Wuornos was played by South African actress Charlize Theron, and her lover Selby Wall was played by Christina Ricci (Wuornos's lover's name was actually Tyria Moore, but her character's name, age, and appearance in the film were changed for legal reasons). The film was written and directed by Patty Jenkins.
Much of Theron's preparation for the role is credited to Nick Broomfield's 1992 documentary, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, of which Theron reportedly watched clips between takes.The main characters include:
After moving to Florida, Wuornos, a prostitute, meets Selby in a bar. Selby takes to Aileen almost immediately, as she likes that Wuornos is very protective of her, even though she notices that the older woman is severely disturbed. They...,
Anything Else is a 2003 motion picture that tells a story of a young writer who meets a dysfunctional young woman in New York City. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen, produced by his sister Letty Aronson, and stars Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Woody Allen, Erica Leerhsen, Adrian Grenier and Danny DeVito.Jerry Falk (Biggs) is an aspiring writer living in New York City who falls in love at first sight with Amanda (Ricci) and dumps his girlfriend to get with her. Seeking advice, Jerry turns to the aging struggling artist (Allen) who acts as his oracle -- and that includes trying to help sort out Jerry's romantic life.Dreamworks launched a $10 million marketing campaign for the movie that was centered on the appeal of Biggs and Ricci to attract a teenage audience to the film. Trailers, TV ads and posters for the film seemed to hide the fact that the film was written and directed by Woody Allen, perhaps due to his last films being underperformers at the box office. Roger...,
I Love Your Work is an American film from 2003, directed by Adam Goldberg and written by Goldberg and Adrian Butchart. The film, an indictment on celebrity culture, was not a commercial success but gained respect in the film-making community and is taught as part of the curriculum in some film schools.
Not to be confused for the 1989 horror film Pumpkinhead.Pumpkin is a 2002 film starring Christina Ricci. It is a dark comedy and story of forbidden love between a developmentally handicapped man (Hank Harris) and a sorority girl (Ricci). The film was directed by Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder and written by Adam Larson Broder.
Carolyn McDuffy, in an effort to help her sorority sisters win a coveted award that has eluded them in the past years, joins them in training some handicapped young adults for Challenged Games - a fictional analogy to the Special Olympics. Carolyn is linked with Pumpkin Romanoff and is horrified, mostly because she has never been in such an environment. Pumpkin is kind towards her and soon she finds herself falling in love with him because he is genuine, unlike her sorority sisters and her boyfriend.
Everyone hates the idea of Carolyn being in love with this "retard", including Pumpkin's own mother, despite the fact that Carolyn's love has inspired...,
Miranda is a 2002 movie staring Christina Ricci, Kyle MacLachlan, John Simm, John Hurt, Tamsin Greig and Julian Rhind-Tutt. This movie is hard to classify, having elements of a comedy, a romance and a thriller.Frank (Simm), a librarian in the United Kingdom, falls in love with a mysterious American dancer named Miranda (Ricci). She suddenly disappears, and he tracks her down in London, finding out that she is not who he thought she was, but is actually a con-artist. He leaves her, returning to Northern England.Miranda and her boss (Hurt) are in business selling buildings that they don't own to unwitting customers. After making a big score, her boss leaves her, and the customer (MacLachlan) seeks revenge against Miranda. Frank realizes that he should not have left her, and returns to London, saving her....,
All Over the Guy is an American gay-themed romantic comedy film directed by Julie Davis in 2001.
All Over the Guy is about Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo). The film is told mostly in flashback, with Eli recounting his side to Esther (Doris Roberts), an HIV clinic worker as he waits for test results and Tom to a guy he meets at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Tom is the adult child of emotionally distant alcoholic parents. Eli's parents are both psychologists who raised him to be emotionally open but ended up making him neurotic.
Tom and Eli are set up on a blind date by their best friends, Jackie (Sasha Alexander) and Brett (Adam Goldberg), who think they would be a perfect match. They're both looking for 'The One', but don't recognize it when they find it. On the date, a boring evening is broken up only by an amusing diatribe by Tom against the movie In & Out. A few days later they run into each other at a flea market and hit it off, winding up back at Eli's...,
Bless the Child is a 2000 thriller/horror film directed by Chuck Russell. It is based on a novel written by Cathy Cash Spellman.
The story begins with Maggie O'Connor (played by Kim Basinger) a New York nurse meeting her sister Jenna (Angela Bettis) and Jenna's autistic daughter Cody (Holliston Coleman), who is merely days old when we're first introduced to her, at Maggie's apartment. This was somewhat of a surprise, since Jenna, a drug addict, had been missing for a couple of years. When Maggie steps out of the room, Jenna disappears again, leaving Cody behind. Maggie decides to raise Cody on her own.
After six years, Cody is in a Roman Catholic school for autistic children. Jenna comes back, this time with her new husband Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell), and they abduct Cody. FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits) is already investigating several cases of missing children who were all born on the same date, and starts an investigation of this abduction as well when he realise that Cody has...,
The Man Who Cried is an Anglo-French film released in 2000, written and directed by Sally Potter.The film stars Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Turturro.The film tells the story of a young Jewish girl who is separated from her father in Soviet Russia, grows up in England and then moves to Paris, France right before the Nazis move into the capital.The picture is the last film of the French cinematographer Sacha Vierny.The film revolves around Fegele (Christina Ricci), a Russian Jew who is separated from her father as a child in 1927.An English official renames her Suzie and places her with foster parents. The young woman takes up singing because she has a beautiful voice. When older she makes her way to Paris and meets the Russian Lola (Cate Blanchett) and they form an interesting friendship.Cesar, (Johnny Depp) is a gypsy performing horse rider who falls in love with Suzie but ultimately has to let her go after the Nazis march into Paris,
200 Cigarettes is a 1999 comedy-drama film that starred Ben Affleck, Elvis Costello, Kate Hudson, Jay Mohr, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Martha Plimpton, Casey Affleck, Courtney Love, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Guillermo Díaz, Gaby Hoffmann, Catherine Kellner, Brian McCardie, Nicole Parker and Angela Featherstone, and features paintings by Sally Davies.The film follows various plot arcs all occurring on New Year's Eve of 1981. The central character is Monica (Plimpton) who is throwing a big New Year bash that she is desperately afraid no one will attend. As of early evening the only person to have arrived is her friend Hillary (Kellner). As she desperately tries to convince Hillary to stay, we learn about various other groupings of individuals who are all in one way or another on their way to the party.Long Island teens Val (Ricci) and Stephie (Hoffmann) have lied to their parents and said they are spending the night at each other's houses. In reality they are venturing into ...,
Sleepy Hollow (1999) is an historical horror film directed by Tim Burton, interpreting the legend of The Headless Horseman and based loosely around the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The film was written by Andrew Kevin Walker (based on the Washington Irving story) and retooled by Tom Stoppard. It starred Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, and was scored by Tim Burton stalwart, Danny Elfman. Principal photography took place at Leavesden Film Studios in the UK, although portions of the film's opening (featuring a dialogue-free Martin Landau cameo) were actually shot in New York State, not far from the actual town of Sleepy Hollow.
Though not a critical smash, the film opened to generally positive reviews and was a  reasonable financial success, leading Warner Brothers executives to offer Burton the Planet of the Apes remake in its wake. Sleepy Hollow received the 1999 Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
In 1799, young constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is...,
Pecker is a 1998 motion picture directed by John Waters and starring Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci. It was filmed and set in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood.The film examines the rise to fame and potential fortune of a budding photographer.Pecker is a comedy from film director John Waters that chronicles America's most unlikely superstar photographer in Pecker, a witty send-up on the contrast between the New York art world and blue-collar Baltimore.Set amidst the colorful landscape of the director's beloved home town, Pecker tells the story of a goofy 18-year-old who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes photos of his loving but peculiar family and friends on the side. Pecker (Edward Furlong), so named for his childhood habit of "pecking" at his food, stumbles into fame when his work is "discovered" by a savvy New York art dealer, Rorey Wheeler (Lili Taylor). Pecker's pictures - sometimes grainy, sometimes out of focus - are far from professional, but they somehow strike...
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. The film, directed by Terry Gilliam, stars Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. Released on May 22, 1998 and earned about $10.6 million at U.S. box office. It has since become a cult classic.
Journalist Raoul Duke (Depp) and attorney Dr. Gonzo (del Toro) travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1971 to cover a motorcycle race for a sports magazine and enjoy a haphazardly-planned vacation. The vacation turns highly irresponsible and reckless as the two consume copious amounts of illegal drugs, commit various acts of fraud, and generally wreak havoc upon the citizens of Las Vegas. It is an account of Thompson and attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta's actual trip to Las Vegas around the same time period.
Thompson also has a brief cameo in the film while Duke has a flashback to a San Francisco music club, ...
The Opposite of Sex is a 1998 film written and directed by Don Roos. Starring Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan and Lisa Kudrow. The film marked departures for both Ricci and Kudrow, cast against type for the roles they were known for at the time (Ricci for adolescents in The Addams Family and Casper, Kudrow for being the resident airhead on Friends).
The film is a black comedy, narrated by and centered around self-absorbed, manipulative, cynical teenager Deedee Truitt (Ricci), who runs away from home after her stepfather's funeral and moves in with her gay half-brother Bill, a teacher. Deedee seduces Bill's lover, Matt, then tricks him into believing she has gotten pregnant by him (in fact, the father of her child is her ex-boyfriend Randy Cates). She and Matt elope, leaving Bill and his uptight best friend Lucia (pronounced [luːʃə]) (Kudrow), the sister of Bill's (now-dead) previous lover, to try and track them down and sort out the mess. In the meantime, Matt's "bit on the side,"...,
Buffalo ’66 is a 1998 film, and is writer/director Vincent Gallo's semi-autobiographical full-length motion picture debut. The retro look, do it yourself sensibility and the comic mixture of irony and sentimentality, as well as the casting and music, have caused the film to be strongly identifiable with late-1990s hipster culture. Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles and the supporting cast includes Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston. Gallo also composed and performed much of the music for the film.
This film is as much comedy as it is drama; Billy's scornful attitude and his contemptuous memories are often offset by amusing dialogue and ironic black humor. Buffalo '66 is an indie film with a dirty, minimalist look; it has a faded and discoloured visual style thanks to the use of rare 35mm reversal film and (for the flashback scenes) 16mm stock. One particular scene features the use of a tableu set to the song "Heart Of The Sunrise" by the...,
The Ice Storm is a 1994 American novel by Rick Moody. The novel received large amounts of acclaim by readers and critics alike, widely hailed as a funny, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of American life.In 1997, the novel was adapted into an acclaimed a feature film directed by Ang Lee, featuring a cast including Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood and Tobey Maguire.
The novel is set before, during and after Thanksgiving, leading up to a threatening ice storm and centers two neighboring families, the Hoods and the Williamses, and the difficulties they have dealing with the tumultuous political and social climate of the day, in affluent small town America, in 1973. The novel is narrated from four different perspectives, each of them a member of the two families, who are promoting their own opinion and views of the several complications that arise throughout the novel, including their encounters and daily life. The Hood family...
The Ice Storm is a 1997 drama film by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood and Sigourney Weaver.Set during Thanksgiving 1973, The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional suburban Connecticut families who are trying to deal with tumultuous political and social changes of the early 1970s. The story develops against the backdrop of a major ice storm which hits New Canaan, Connecticut. Both families are having trouble dealing with various issues: the parents' alcoholism, escapism and adultery, and the children's sexual experimentation.Upon the film's opening in the United States on September 27, 1997, its release was limited and it grossed $7.8 million on a budget of $18 million, making it a box office disappointment. It has subsequently become a huge success due to a subsequent video release in 1998 and to DVD in 2000.The film begins at a dinner party at the...,
Casper is a 1995 live-action feature film based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons and comic strips. The ghosts featured in the film were created through computer-generated imagery.
The film's plot involves a greedy heiress (Cathy Moriarty) and her bumbling henchman (Eric Idle) hiring an eccentric "ghost therapist" (Bill Pullman) to exorcise the spectral inhabitants of a haunted house fabled to contain treasure. Casper, the spirit of a deceased twelve-year-old according to the film, befriends the therapist's young daughter (Christina Ricci). Notably, this film is the only time an official explanation has been given as to how Casper died.
The film led to an animated television spin-off entitled The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, which featured the same voice actors as the film with Dan Castellaneta and Kath Soucie voicing Pullman and Ricci's characters. Casper and his uncles were later animated with computer-generated imagery in the films Casper: A Spirited Beginning, ...,
Now and Then is a 1995 film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson, which tells the story of four friends that have been busy with their lives until an important event reunites them in their home town of Shelby, Indiana. Most of the film, however, is a flashback to the summer of 1970, in which the 12-year-old girls (played by Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann and Ashleigh Aston Moore) divide their time between gathering money to buy a treehouse in search for "independence" and investigating a local mystery. Both happy and unfortunate events occur, which help them realize they're growing up. Once they achieve their goal and buy the treehouse they make a promise to be there for one another. The film was released on October 20 1995 and was not a big hit at the time, but did moderately well and has gone on to become a cult favorite, hailed as a "Stand by Me for girls". One problem might have been a misleading ad...,
Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. The movie was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and many cast members from the original returned for the sequel, including Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci. Compared to the previous movie, which has a madcap approach comparable to the 1960s sitcom, Values is darker and more macabre, more like Charles Addams' original comic strips.
At the beginning of the film, Morticia gives birth to a new baby boy, Pubert Addams. When Wednesday and Pugsley jealously try to kill him, Morticia and Gomez hire a nanny named Debbie Jellinsky, who is really a fortune hunter/serial killer known as "The Black Widow". When invited to welcome her Wednesday says "Be afraid, be very afraid". Debbie is after Uncle Fester and the vast Addams Fortune. When Wednesday begins to suspect this, Debbie convinces Morticia to send both the older children to Camp...,
The Addams Family is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated black comedy film based on the popular characters, The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams.The movie was originally developed by Orion Pictures (which at the time owned the rights to the television series on which the movie was based). However, due to the studio's financial problems, Paramount began co-producing the film and ended up releasing the movie in the U.S., with Orion retaining the international rights.The Addamses are a family of wealthy and eccentric individuals who live together in a Second Empire mansion and share a common interest in the bizarre and the macabre. The characters first appeared in cartoons in The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s, and later gained popularity in the defunct TV series, The Addams Family. The film centers on the day to day life of the family, and the return of Gomez Addams's long-lost brother Fester, played by Christopher Lloyd. The film also stars Raúl Juliá, ...,
Christina Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, Los Angeles County