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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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The story of an uncommonly gentle man. See more »

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$56,362,352 (USA)
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The character Peg is based on Caroline Thompson's mom, who used to bring home strangers. The neighbors are based on people she grew up with as a kid. See more »

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When Edward begins to cut Joyce's hair, she tips her head back and you can see the band of the wig beneath her bangs. See more »

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[first lines]
Kim: Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.
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The title "EDWARD SCISSORHANDS" closes together, like a pair of scissors. See more »

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Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 10 December 1994 (1994) See more »

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A poignant miracle
18 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Many people say the cried at the end of this movie... Huh! Knowing the plot already, I (a grown up man) can barely hold my tears from the very beginning whenever I watch it. Much more than just a "cute and sad fairy tale", this movie is a true piece of art. This is one of those rarest cases when a bunch of talented and truly, but truly dedicated people set out to create something beautiful, some chemistry occurs and ... a miracle happens. Fortunately for all of us, this miracle immortalized on film.

Throughout the human history, the wisdom of generation was conveyed through fairy tales. This tale is no exception. This story, told in magic simplicity, actually has some deep philosophical meanings. While mercilessly debunking the true nature of human beings, this tragic story really tears your heart, and yet it fills it with hope. That is the true and, perhaps, the only purpose of art, if you ask me.

Why do we need music, painting, theatre, poetry? Is there a real excuse for their existence? To me, the only purpose, the only excuse is to help people go on, to give them hope. And it's well worth it!

To sum up, easily Tim Burton's best, this film is a masterpiece, my favorite American movie, and probably one of the best movies of all times. 10/10


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