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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,


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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Surround]

Special Features

Director's Commentary; Commentary by Danny Elfman Subtitles: English and Spanish; 4:36 Featurette; Interview Clips with the following: Johny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Weist, Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson, Alan Arkin, Vincent Price, Danny Elfman

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Edward Scissorhands: 10th Anniversary
1. Main Titles
2. A Story About Snow
3. Avon Calling
4. Peg Meets Edward
5. Local Gossip
6. Edward's Talent
7. The Neighbors
8. The Inventor
9. Backyard Barbeque
10. Remembering
11. Kim
12. Show and Tell
13. More Talents
14. Edward On TV
15. A Beauty Salon
16. The Need For Money
17. Drop Your Weapons
18. A Ruined Reputation
19. The Ice Angel
20. Edward Gets Mad
21. A Christmas Past
22. Jim's Revenge
23. The Story's End
24. End Titles


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Edward Scissorhands 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
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This movie is really amazing. It's Tim Burtons version of Beauty and the Beast meets Pinnocio(however it's spelled). This movie is one of my favorites
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Everything is perfect! Edward is so pure and myserious. It's a total must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie. I bought the DVD without seeing it first because I knew I would like it. And I was right! This story is very emotional because most people can relate to Edward: the person who wants so desprately to fit in but never can. He loves everything, but hurts whatever he touches. He wants people to see him for what he is and not what he looks like (his hands). This film is very personal to Tim Burton, because he felt what Edward felt for most of his life. It's not all sad though, a lot of this movie is pretty funny. It made me laugh out loud. The music by Danny Elfman is wonderful, and Johnny Depp did a perfect acting job. Watch this movie, you'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton's second best film, the first being Nightmare Before Christmas. This film captures anti-social, depressed, feel like you're going to destroy everything individual. This is Tim Burton's most involved film. The DVD is widescreen, great sound and a cool menu in which a book folds out to a castle. If you're a Tim Burton fan, I highly recommend you buy this DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I have only seen this movie once when i was really young I still remember. It was funny and sad and also frightening. (I accually was kind of scared at first). When he gave all the dogs the haircuts I laughed really hard because it was funny. And the end was really scary too because he killed the guy and he fell out the window that scared the tar out of me. Johnny Depp was really good in this film portraying a man with no hands. Another funny part was when Edward Sissorshand got all the face cream on his face and he looked really funny. All in all this was a really good movie and really good acting to it. The brain would probably have something to say but he wasn't here so Its just me Pinky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie when I was younger and I just saw it again about a month ago and I don't know what I would do without this movie. Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors and this movie is very typical of him. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were amazing together. This movie shows you what its like to be different and descriminating against others because of the way that they look which is a huge problem in our society. I think that Tim Burton has outdone himself with this movie. The costumes and makeup is amazing, along with the whole cast from the mother, to Edward himself. THis movie is one that would appeal to audiences of all ages, whether you like a little drama or a comedy this movie would be recommended for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie from the bottom of my heart it's very touching and funny....very sad but it has an amazing cast(johny depp as edward,the man that can't touch anything wtithout destrying it,winona ryder as kim the girl he love and vincent price(rip) the man who invented edward)....watch this movie and love it like i do
Guest More than 1 year ago
If our whole family had to pick one actor that we spend the most time watching, Johnny Depp wins, hands down. My son, E.T was born in 1990, and grew up watching it (nice to have a 10th Anniversary Edition!). My husband and I grab every film he makes for our library. This is a favorite Depp flick of all time. The cast was great, the story was fairy-tale like, but you would believe anything Johnny Depp did on screen. Even though this is one of Depp's first films, it is one showcasing his many talents and characteristics of the Oscar winner he will indeed be in the very near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Allegorical tale about judgment and selective hearing is sure to haunt you and charm you. Edward's story id told with superb acting and passion. This funny/sad film is (in my opinion) Tim Burton's best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the second Johnny Depp movie I saw after Pirates of the Caribbean. I truly fell in love with him by the end of this movie. The soundtrack is unbelievable. I listen to it every day! I rented this movie for a week. By the time I had to return it, I bought the movie, and I had seen it over twenty times(Trust me, I counted)! Johnny Depp is truly an amazing actor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This quite possibly, in my opinion, is the greatest fairy tale ever told. There is nothing but pure beauty and splendor in this film. It shows you how disgusting civilization can be and how it can take away from innocence. Tim Burton is one of the few genious filmmakers and I'm thankful he made this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember watching this movie as a little kid,maybe 8-years-old,and I vividly remember the part where Edward is sitting alone on a curb when the town is searching for him and a shaggy dog comes and sits next to him,Edward reaches over and clips the hair from the dog's eyes,and the dog licks him in the face,that part made me really sad,I almost cried at the end. And Johnny Depp is so young in this movie compared to the deep tan and bumbling words in Pirates of the Carribian,this movie brings out the softer innocent side of the A-list badboy Depp,bolth movies he did an astounding job!I absolutly love him! I know he's in alot of Tim Burton's films,a good actor for them indeed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
just watched this movie for the first time at my friend's house. it was great! johnny depp did an awesome job playing edward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible. Thats what this movie is. I watch this movie every christmas eve. Even though it is a little weird i do it any way. It is so great. This movie is so fantastic i could not get enough of. Johnny depp and wynona ryder are awsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so I just watched this movie today for the very first time in my life and I fell in love with it. People it will make you cry your eyes off..if you have a soft mushy chick flick side like me.I loved how Johnny portrayed the role of Edward and he did a fantastic job. It makes me wish they would make a sequal to it now...like that's gonna happen. Oh well...it's nice to dream.
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For the very few that never saw this movie, need to see it immediately. This movie is such a great movie to observe the different kinds of people and how easily we turn someone into the villain. Johnny Depp does a wonderful job as well as Winnna Ryder, Dianne West, and Anthony Michael Hall.