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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:
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Tinka (as Susan J. Blommaert)
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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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Edward lived alone where he could hurt no one and no one could hurt him. Until the day the Avon Lady came calling... See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$56,362,352 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Edward's hair is based on Robert Smith of The Cure's hair. See more »


The first dog that Edward grooms changes breeds before and after its hair was cut. 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 Night Court: Shave and a Haircut (1992) See more »


Composed by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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An emotional charismatic and off the wall Dramatic Movie!
16 December 2004 | by (Portsmouth) – See all my reviews

This film hit me with two main feelings. One, of an overwhelming feeling of sadness for Edward as his position is one that is just impossible to bear. To know that you are in love with a person to that degree and finding out they love you in the same way but knowing that you cant give that person what they seek, because of your hands. This was summed up in the scene where Kim asks Edward to hold her, but he just says, 'I can't'. Packed with emotion this film got to me with the acting particularly of Johnny Depp and the music. Very Cleverly written and accented, this added to the movie greatly. 10-10, this is a film i'm gonna keep for a long time, and most importantly, watch again! Classic!!

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