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An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

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Storyline

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. Written by FilmFanUK

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Plot Keywords:

hand | scissors | inventor | suburb | creation | See more »

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Innocence is what he knows. Beauty is what she sees. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El joven manos de tijera  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$56,362,352 (USA)
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Trivia

The restaurant that the family eats at was, at one time, a real restaurant; a national chain diner called "Sambo's". It was located directly across the street from Southgate Shopping Center, as appears in the movie. Due to the controversial nature of the name and interior design, the diner (and entire chain) closed sometime in the late 70s/early 80s except for the original location in Santa Barbara, California, which to this day remains open in its original location. It remained an abandoned building for many years, until Tim Burton came to town to film "Edward Scissorhands". Burton's crew unboarded the doors and windows and redressed the interior to look like a working restaurant again. See more »

Goofs

Edward has a flashback memory of a time before he was even created. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kim: Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.
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It is snowing on the 20th Century Fox logo during the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

DELILAH
Composed by Les Reed and Barry Mason
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Hauntingly Poetic

I really cannot add too much more to the wealth of praise directed toward this film...much of it very deserved. Tim Burton really shows us his ability to transcend mere comedic situations(Pee Wee and Beetlejuice) and tell a story of humour love, pity, conformity, and so on in an eerie and entertaining way. The way this film is constructed is amazing...the sets are wonderful as they depict something so real and yet so far away. Burton takes us into a kind of fairy land of Suburbia...with a haunting, empty castle at the end of the block that just happens to house a man with scissors for hands. The music in this film helps create a great deal of atmosphere and really lends to character development; I particularly enjoyed his use of the music of Tom Jones. The acting in the film is superb on all accounts. Burton got a subtle and effective performance from Johhny Depp, whose talents cease to amaze me. A nice Burton touch was the use of Vincent Price in one of his final roles. Although only in three scenes, seeing Vincent again was a real joy.


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