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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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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:
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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His story will touch you, even though he can't. See more »


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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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,622, 9 December 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,024,005, 25 February 2012
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1.85 : 1
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The role of The Inventor was written specifically for Vincent Price. See more »


On one version the movie poster of Edward's profile, there is a grammatical error. It says, "The Story of a Uncommonly Gentle Man", when it should clearly say "...an uncommonly..." See more »


[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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If Tim Burton never did anything else, this film would be enough to call his life worthwhile
31 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

There is absolutely no way I can view this film in even a remotely objective manner, so I won't even try. Like eveything I've seen by Tim Burton, this film is at one and the same time, warm and frightening, tender and heart-wrenchingly evil, uplifting and dark. The good and bad in humanity are shown in stark relief quite clearly for everyone to see. But in the final analysis, the most important message the film has to offer is this: Love truly does make the world go 'round and redemption and just living to see another day is a kind of victory. There will always be bullies, just as there will always be kind souls who actively try to make things better (and who sometimes make things worse through their efforts). The most important thing is to be true to yourself, treat others as you wish to be treated and that if the bad guys win, we all lose-including the bad guys. Excellent cast, fine script and just overall a worthy effort not to be missed. One of Vincent Price's last performances, if not the last. I love this film! Most highly recommended.

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