Edward Scissorhands (1990) Poster


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Johnny Depp said only 169 words in this film.
Winona Ryder dropped out of The Godfather: Part III (1990) to appear in this film. Reportedly it was Johnny Depp who actually convinced her to do so.
Vincent Price's role was intended to be larger, but the veteran actor was very ill with emphysema and Parkinson's disease so his scenes were cut to a minimum.
The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager.
The role of The Inventor was written specifically for Vincent Price.
Edward Scissorhands is Tim Burton's favourite of all his films, and Danny Elfman's favourite of all his soundtrack compositions.
Johnny Depp had to lose a reported 25 pounds for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
The little blonde boy on the Slip & Slide at the beginning of the film is Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys. Though uncredited in the film, Carter himself has confirmed this in several interviews.
The neighborhood is based on Tim Burton's hometown of Burbank.
Edward's hair is based on Robert Smith of The Cure's hair.
The first draft of the film was written as a musical, a concept Tim Burton would revisit for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and The Corpse Bride (2005).
When Edward goes to have his hands sharpened, the storefront was that of an actual hardware store called Crowder Brothers in Southgate Shopping Center. At the time of the filming, they did offer a sharpening service, and they did have a giant motorized Victorinox in the window.
The houses used in the film were a real community in Florida, completely unchanged except for their garish exterior paint.
Gary Oldman was offered the title role but he turned it down.
Michael Jackson was rumoured for the part of Edward.
Some of the topiary that Edward makes in the movie can be seen permanently at the New York City restaurant Tavern On the Green.
Tim Burton had asked Robert Smith of The Cure to do the soundtrack and had even sent the script. Robert was busy recording 'Disintegration' at the time, and didn't know who Burton was, so passed up the opportunity, handing Danny Elfman the job.
Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and Robert Downey Jr. were all considered for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
O-Lan Jones arranged and actually played the organ music her character Esmeralda performs on-screen.
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.
The Southgate Shopping Center is located in Lakeland, FL while the neighborhood was filmed at the Carpenter's Run subdivision in Lutz, FL.
Drew Barrymore was considered for the role of Kim Boggs.
Crispin Glover auditioned for the role of Jim.
One of two films released in 1990 in which Johnny Depp plays the title role, for the first time. The other is Cry-Baby (1990).
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Johnny Depp is wearing a 1990 University if Virginia baseball cap when he is arrested for illegally entering the house.
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Director Trademark: Johnny Depp in a starring role.
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The house is on Tinsmith circle in Carpenters run
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When Peggy is answering the phone call on her bed, she has Avon products on her bedside table. Implying that she uses them herself as well as selling them.
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Director Trademark 

Tim Burton:  [music]  music by Danny Elfman
Tim Burton:  [Black and white stripes]  Jim's shirt collar at dinner.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This was Vincent Price's last screen appearance and his last moment ever on screen is a death scene.
When Edward runs away, back to his home, Johnny Depp collapsed from heat exhaustion due to the extreme temperatures and the leather costume.
Tom Cruise was considered for the role but ultimately did not take it because he wanted a happier ending.

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