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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

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

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,622, 9 December 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,362,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,024,005, 25 February 2012
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Trivia

The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager,The drawing depicted a thin, solemn man with long, sharp blades for fingers. Burton stated that he was often alone and had trouble retaining friendships. "I get the feeling people just got this urge to want to leave me alone for some reason, I don't know exactly why." See more »

Goofs

When Peg comes in Kim's room to help Edward put on the white shirt that Peg gave him to change into, the doorway that Peg stands in the yellow mark is still there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kim: Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.
Granddaughter: Why is it snowing, Grandma? Where does it come from?
Kim: Oh, that's a long story, sweetheart...
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Crazy Credits

The film title closes together like a pair of scissors, and the opening credits are all scissor-shaped. See more »

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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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A Truly Magical Movie For All Ages, Burton's Finest
2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Tim Burton's most powerful movies. Though the title-character seems strange he represents the goodness in the world and what can happen when society just doesn't accept difference. The Gothic look of the castle, combined with the glorious colour of suburbia creates a strong contrast and shows things may not be as they seem. Edward comes from the dark and scary castle but is gentle, kind and loving, the place he wants to be accepted into is the colourful suburbia, which is backstabbing, vicious and evil. This story shows the betrayal of a person who desperately wants to help and to love but does not realise he is being used. The only people that seem to understand him are the wonderful Peg Boggs (played brilliantly by Dianne Wiest) and the beautiful Kim (played superbly by Winona Ryder). Tim Burton has created yet another beautiful fairy tale to captivate adults and children alike. Johnny Depp shows his great talent as an actor and Danny Elfman's music for the movie is some of the most beautiful you're ever likely to hear. A great movie for Christmas and all year round, and while it is a classic story it also deals with the prejudices of society, friendship, family and love and I advise anyone who hasn't seen it to see it, it is an experience well worth it and a movie you'll never forget.


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