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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

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Tim Burton

Writers:

Tim Burton (story), Caroline Thompson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Edward Scissorhands
Winona Ryder ... Kim
Dianne Wiest ... Peg
Anthony Michael Hall ... Jim
Kathy Baker ... Joyce
Robert Oliveri ... Kevin
Conchata Ferrell ... Helen
Caroline Aaron ... Marge
Dick Anthony Williams ... Officer Allen
O-Lan Jones ... Esmeralda
Vincent Price ... The Inventor
Alan Arkin ... Bill
Susan Blommaert ... Tinka (as Susan J. Blommaert)
Linda Perri Linda Perri ... Cissy (as Linda Perry)
John Davidson ... Host-TV
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The story of an uncommonly gentle man. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edward Scissorhands See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade City, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Kevin places the hose pipe on the ground, he doesn't actually turn off the water tap. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In order to secure a 10 certificate in Norway, about 26 seconds of violence was removed from the fight at the end. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Mom Is a Character 2 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

With These Hands
Composed by Benny Davis and Abner Silver
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Hauntingly Poetic
25 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I really cannot add too much more to the wealth of praise directed toward this film...much of it very deserved. Tim Burton really shows us his ability to transcend mere comedic situations(Pee Wee and Beetlejuice) and tell a story of humour love, pity, conformity, and so on in an eerie and entertaining way. The way this film is constructed is amazing...the sets are wonderful as they depict something so real and yet so far away. Burton takes us into a kind of fairy land of Suburbia...with a haunting, empty castle at the end of the block that just happens to house a man with scissors for hands. The music in this film helps create a great deal of atmosphere and really lends to character development; I particularly enjoyed his use of the music of Tom Jones. The acting in the film is superb on all accounts. Burton got a subtle and effective performance from Johhny Depp, whose talents cease to amaze me. A nice Burton touch was the use of Vincent Price in one of his final roles. Although only in three scenes, seeing Vincent again was a real joy.


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