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Edward Scissorhands

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Tim Burton
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood - but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton's fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This bewitchingly oddball "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale from director Tim Burton is a superlative masterpiece and one of the best fantasy films ever made. Its haunting power, exquisite charm and dark romance are a match for the spellbinding work of Hans Christian Andersen, while Johnny Depp's sensitive performance as scientist Vincent Price's "Punkenstein" creation is a revelation. Humanoid Edward's inability to touch the things he loves because of his razor-sharp fingers makes for potent symbolism of the highest mythic order. The finale packs an unforgettable emotional wallop, assisted by Danny Elfman's gloriously magical score.

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Credits

Cast

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Edward ScissorhandsJohnny Depp
Kim BoggsWinona Ryder
Peg BoggsDianne Wiest
JimAnthony Michael Hall
Joyce MonroeKathy Baker
Kevin BoggsRobert Oliveri
HelenConchata Ferrell
MargeCaroline Aaron
Officer AllenDick Anthony Williams
EsmeraldaO-Lan Jones
InventorVincent Price
Bill BoggsAlan Arkin

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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