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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  14 December 1990 (USA)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Oliveri ...
Tinka (as Susan J. Blommaert)
Linda Perri ...
Cissy (as Linda Perry)


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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El joven manos de tijera  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$56,362,352 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Tim Burton said this isn't his greatest film, he said it is his favourite of all his films, and the score is Danny Elfman's favourite of all his soundtrack compositions. See more »


In the first shot of the husbands driving off to work, the house next to the Esmeralda's is being tented. The next day the women are at Peg's door and the house is visible without the tent. Fumigation requires 72 hour tenting. See more »


[first lines]
Kim: Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.
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Crazy Credits

The title "EDWARD SCISSORHANDS" closes together, like a pair of scissors. See more »


Referenced in Futurama: The Tip of the Zoidberg (2011) See more »


O Little Town of Bethlehem
Written by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
Performed by O-Lan Jones
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Best Movie of all time
12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful movie, and most people I know have never seen it. If you haven't, Make sure to see it! The ending is really sad and beautiful, and it leaves you with a happy/sad feeling. Also, the music just grabs you. There is a boy's choir that sings throughout the movie, and they just capture the emotion you are trying to let out, but don't know how. You should really see it, if you've never have. The movie 'Simon Birch' reminds me a bit of this 'Edward'. This is the perfect casting. Johnny Depp just seems so innocent, and untouched, and Winona Ryder is a snobby little girl who learns to look beyond a handsome face. I've never seen such a heartwarming movie- I don't think I ever will.

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