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Edward Scissorhands

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Original title
Edward Scissorhands
Running time
98 min.
United States United States
Caroline Thompson
Danny Elfman
Stefan Czapsky
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20th Century Fox. Producer: Tim Burton
Fantasy. Drama. Romance | Cult Movie. Romantic Drama
Synopsis / Plot
In Tim Burtons EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, an Avon lady, Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), discovers the half-finished experiment--a man/monster named Edward (Johnny Depp)--of a mad scientist (Vincent Price) living in the neighborhoods old abandoned castle. The scientist died before replacing the shy mans large shears with real hands. When Peg attempts to bring Edward into her suburban world, to live among her skeptical family (husband Alan Arkin and daughter Winona Ryder) and gossipy neighbors, his hands--dangerous yet capable of creating things of great beauty--make for some awkward, funny, and poignant situations: Edward as a topiary gardener, Edward as a cutting-edge hair stylist.
1990: Nominated for Oscar: Best Makeup
1990: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (Johnny Depp)
1990: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Cinematography
1991: BAFTA Awards: Best Production Design. 4 Nominations
1990: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Best Supporting Actress (Wiest)
Critics' reviews
  • "Strange, funny and powerfully moving… Burton has found a way to move through camp to emotional authenticity"
  • "The most original movie fantasy creation of the year: an icon of tenderness and artistic alienation"
  • "Edward Scissorhands isn't perfect. It's something better: pure magic"
  • "The disappointment is that Burton has not yet found the storytelling and character-building strength to go along with his pictorial flair"
  • "Great to look at but not much fun to watch… An emotionally uncommitted picture that's smirky and mawkish"
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