Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands opens as an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward (Johnny Depp). Edward has all the essential ingredients for today's standard body, with the exception of a pair of hands. For what is initially thought to be a temporary period, he is fitted with long, scissor-like extremities that,See more details below

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Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands opens as an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward (Johnny Depp). Edward has all the essential ingredients for today's standard body, with the exception of a pair of hands. For what is initially thought to be a temporary period, he is fitted with long, scissor-like extremities that, while able to trim a mean hedge, are hardly conducive to day-to-day life. When the kindly inventor dies, however, Edward is left lonely and cursed with some very heavy metal for hands. He is eventually taken in by Peg Boggs (Dianne Weist), an Avon lady who takes pity on him after seeing his bleak existence. Edward, in spite of his inherent ability to slay anyone he comes across, is a gentle soul whose only wish is to be loved. His impromptu family has, at best, a limited understanding of Edward, but he finds himself drawn to Peg's weary but sympathetic daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder), who is dating Jim (Anthony Michael Hall), the neighborhood bully. Meanwhile, Edward finds himself a local celebrity after the town realizes that his talents include creative hedge trimming and an unrivaled ability to cut hair. His so-called friends are proven fair-weather when Edward is accused of a crime, after which his only supporters are Peg and Kim. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A contemporary fairy tale from director Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands tells the unusual story of a man-made youth with scissor blades for fingers (Johnny Depp), who lives alone in the abandoned mansion of his dead creator (Vincent Price in a fantastic cameo). Soon poor Edward is discovered, and then adopted, by a kindly Avon lady (Dianne Wiest). In the first of his starring roles for Burton, Depp makes an arresting lead with his black latex jumpsuit, pasty white skin, and Medusa-like hair. But it is through an unusual warmth and tenderness that Depp's performance truly defines Edward. Weist and Alan Arkin are superb as the amiably clueless parents who welcome him into their home, and Winona Ryder, in a full turn from her brooding teen in Burton's Beetlejuice, is radiant as their cheerleader daughter on whom Edward develops a hopeless crush. As engaging as the love story is Burton's savage lampooning of suburbia, which he presents as innocuously bland-looking but seething with petty intrigues and thinly veiled intolerance. His sympathies clearly run to Edward, whose bittersweet experiences in the "real" world will both delight and haunt viewers of this charming cinematic fable. The tenth anniversary edition DVD cements Edward Scissorhands's place in Burton's oeuvre, featuring an entertaining and informative audio commentary from Burton and composer Danny Elfman.
All Movie Guide
The misunderstood outcast is one of the most cherished of Hollywood heroes, and in Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton shows us why. The story is a touching fable, an old-fashioned parable of love and intolerance -- but with a distinctly Burton-esque spin. The film is proof of just how different the director's visual style is: the fairy-tale suburbia he creates is a perfect example of his astonishing, uniquely Gothic look. What's more, the performers who populate this world do it proud. Johnny Depp is perfect as the gentle, emotionally fragile title character who just wants to be accepted, and Dianne Wiest's saccharine, Avon-lady mom is delightfully loopy. This was Vincent Price's last feature film, and the melancholy mix of conventional horror movie, social satire, and quirky comedy seems appropriate, as does his part as the mad (if kindly) scientist who creates Edward. Ultimately, Burton chooses to end the film with a fitting Frankenstein homage, as the community casts out the monster it never learned to accept -- an ending which may not sit well with viewers hoping for a more uplifting conclusion. Edward Scissorhands is a charming tale, beautifully realized, and, like its protagonist, nothing if not unique.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543037644
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands
Winona Ryder Kim Boggs
Dianne Wiest Peg Boggs
Anthony Michael Hall Jim
Alan Arkin Bill Boggs
Vincent Price The Inventor
Kathy Baker Joyce Monroe
Robert Oliveri Kevin Boggs
Conchata Ferrell Helen
Bee Albano Rich Widow, TV
Doyle Anderson Neighborhood Extra
Harvey Bellman Neighborhood Extra
Tammy Boalo Neighborhood Extra
Steven Brill Dishwasher Man
Michael Brown Neighborhood Extra
Jackie Carson Neighborhood Extra
Suzanne Chrosniak Neighborhood Extra
Gary Clark Neighborhood Extra
Andrew Crofton Pink Girl
Carol Crumrine Neighborhood Extra
Ellin Dennis Neighborhood Extra
Kathy Fleming Neighborhood Extra
Jalaine Gallion Neighborhood Extra
Miriam Goodspeed Neighborhood Extra
Diane L. Green Neighborhood Extra
Russell Green Neighborhood Extra
Cecil Hawkins Neighborhood Extra
Mary Jane Heath Neighborhood Extra
Linda Hess Hess Older Woman, TV
Jack W. Kapfhamer Neighborhood Extra
Carol D. Klasek Neighborhood Extra
Bill Klein Neighborhood Extra
Laura Nader Neighborhood Extra
Phil Olson Neighborhood Extra
Joe Sheldon Neighborhood Extra
James Spicer Neighborhood Extra
Caroline Aaron Marge
Dick Anthony Williams Officer Allen
O-Lan Jones Esmeralda
Linda Perri Cissy
John Davidson TV Host
Biff Yeager George
Marti Greenberg Suzanne
Brian Larkin Max
John McMahon Denny
Victoria Price TV Newswoman
Stuart Lancaster Retired Man
Gina Gallagher Granddaughter
Aaron Lustig Psychologist
Alan Fudge Loan Officer
Peter Palmer Editor
Marc Macaulay Reporter
Carmen J. Alexander Reporter
Brett Rice Reporter
Andrew B. Clark Beefy Man
Rosalyn Thomson Young Woman, TV
Lee Ralls Red Haired Woman, TV
Eileen Meurer Teenage Girl, TV
Donna Pieroni Blonde, TV
Ken de Vaul Policeman
Michael Gaughan Policeman
Tricia Lloyd Teenage Girl
Kathy Dombo Other Teen
Sherry Ferguson Max's Mother
Tabetha Thomas Little Girl on Bike
Susan Blommaert Tinka

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director,Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Fern Buchner Makeup
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Denise Di Novi Co-producer
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Richard Halsey Editor
Colleen Halsey Editor
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Ann Harris Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hashimoto Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Set Decoration/Design
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Miller Camera Operator
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Caroline Thompson Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Bo Welch Production Designer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
Glenn Wilder Stunts
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
Michael Wood Special Effects

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