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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

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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 »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El joven manos de tijera  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$56,362,352 (USA)
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin; and two Oscar nominees: Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. See more »

Goofs

When Peg wants to bandage her daughter's injured left hand, Kim raises her right hand initially, but quickly offers her left hand instead. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: Red Nose Day Special (1999) See more »

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We Three Kings
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Written by John H. Hopkins
Performed by O-Lan Jones
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Hauntingly Poetic

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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