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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

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Tim Burton (story), Caroline Thompson (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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His story will touch you, even though he can't. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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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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During the scene where Edward is cutting the neighborhood ladies hair, the song playing is from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Johnny Depp would later go on to play Sweeney Todd in another collaboration with Tim Burton. See more »

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Kim: Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.
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With These Hands
Composed by Benny Davis and Abner Silver
Performed by Tom Jones
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An uncommonly gentle man.
4 March 2006 | by avengerous_steelSee all my reviews

BIG SPOILERS.

"Give it to my loved ones?" - Edward Scissorhands.

Created by an inventor who dies before finishing his creation, and so leaving him with razor-sharp shears as hands - Edward Scissorhands (JOHNNY DEPP) isn't like other people.

When kindly Avon lady Peg Boggs (DIANE WIEST) finds him one day, hidden away in a Gothic mansion on top of a hill, she takes him under her wing and decides to take him back to the suburbs to live with her.

When we see Edward in this pastel paradise for the first time, it is apparent that he doesn't belong: his wild, dark and frightening appearance contrasting against the immaculate, sweetly colored people and homes of the suburbs. It's an ironic contrast too, as both of these 'worlds' reflect feelings and thoughts that should not associated with them - as Edward is a good-hearted person, whereas the people of the suburbs are unkind and intolerant.

When Edward arrives there he is welcomed and loved, due to the way in which he can sculpt hedges, dogs and hair into amazing works of art. But eventually, due to human trickery and greed, and Edward's want of acceptance and love, Edward is painted by the townspeople as a monster when he is told to rob a house by the boyfriend of Peg's daughter, Kim (WINONA RYDER), and he is ostracized by the town.

Throughout the course of the movie, Edward falls in love with Kim. Originally treating him as an outcast, she falls in love with him too, realizing what a kind and remarkable being he is. In the end, she is the only one who accepts him, when the entire town turns against him. Kim's boyfriend, Jim, enraged by jealousy of Edward, tries to kill him. In defense of Kim and himself, Edward plunges his scissor-hands into Jim's chest and kills him. Realising both that by what he has done they can never see each other again for his safety they share a final kiss and part ways, Edward remaining in his mansion and Kim returning to the shocked town below. The ending of this movie is one of the most wonderful I've seen. Poignant and bittersweet, it is hard to forget quickly.

Johnny Depp is outstanding as Edward Scissorhands, showing a kind of curious and bemused innocence within in the character, but at the same time a restrained passion. Every expression on his face is full of raw emotion: every cautious smile, and every time of hurt and confusion. Johhny Depp is Edward Scissorhands.

This is a wonderful fable from the brilliant imagination of Tim Burton. It's a twisted and sophisticated Gothic fairytale with a dose of comedy, and a good helping of morality, too. While a family movie, it's not really for kids - some things in there even shocked me.

This movie is amazing, and I was entranced by it the very first time I watched it. I'm not usually one for ridiculous hyperbole about movies, but there is very little wrong with this one. I love this movie.

10/10


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