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Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 romantic fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is notable for being Tim's first collaboration with Johnny Depp (a partnership that resulted in 8 films so far). The key parts of this film takes place around Christmastime.

Summary

One evening, an elderly woman tells her granddaughter a bedtime story of where snow comes from, by telling her the story of a young man named Edward, who has scissors for hands, the creation of an old Inventor. The Inventor's final result was a humanlike young boy who had everything except for hands, but the Inventor suffered a heart attack and died while in the act of giving a pair of real hands to Edward, leaving him "unfinished" forever.

Many years after Edward was created, local Avon saleswoman Peg Boggs visits the decrepit Gothic mansion on the hill where Edward lives. There, she finds Edward alone, and upon realizing he is virtually harmless she decides to take him to her home. Edward becomes friends with Peg's young son Kevin and her husband Bill. He later falls in love with the Boggs' beautiful teenage daughter, Kim, despite her initial fear of him.

Peg's neighbors are impressed by Edward's adept hedge-trimming and hair-cutting skills (both of which he does with his scissor-hands), but two of the townspeople, a religious fanatic named Esmeralda and Kim's boyfriend, Jim, are not impressed. One of the housewives in the neighborhood, Joyce, an ageing seductress, suggests that Edward opens a hair-cutting salon with her. While examining a proposed site, she attempts to seduce him in the back room, causing Edward to leave in a state of panic.

Wanting money for a van, Jim takes advantage of Edward's ability to pick locks, and uses this as an attempt to break into his parents' house. The burglar alarm sounds and everyone except Edward flees, despite Kim's angry insistence that they return for him. Edward is arrested, but is released when a psychological examination reveals that his isolation allowed him to live without a sense of reality and common sense. At the same time, the arresting officer befriends him. Meanwhile, infuriated by Edward's rejection, Joyce exacts revenge by claiming that he tried to "rape" her. This, added to the "break-in", causes many of the neighbors to question his personality and, therefore, ruin his popular reputation. During the Christmas season, Edward is feared and outcasted by almost everyone around him except the Boggs family, resulting in the family becoming outcasts as well.

While the family is setting up Christmas decorations, Edward creates an angel ice sculpture. The shavings create an effect of falling snow, which Kim dances under. Jim calls out to Kim, distracting her, and Edward accidentally cuts her hand. Jim says that Edward had intentionally harmed her and attacks him. Edward runs away, tearing the clothes Peg gave him, and wanders the neighborhood in a rage. Kim, fed up with Jim's behavior towards Edward, breaks up with him and he goes to his friend's van to get drunk. While Peg and Bill search for Edward, he returns and Kim greets him with a hug. When Kevin is almost run over by Jim's drunk friend, Edward pushes him out of the way, but cuts his face, causing witnesses to think he was attacking him. When the police arrive, Edward flees to his hilltop mansion and the neighbors form an angry mob, led by Joyce, and follow, despite Peg and Bill's pleas. Officer Jim tries to deceive everyone by firing a few shots into the air to give the impression that Edward is dead, but the mob refuses to listen and they continue to the mansion to see if Edward really is dead.

Kim runs to the mansion and reunites with Edward. Jim follows her, attacks Edward and angers him when Jim brutally assaults Kim. Edward stabs Jim in the stomach and pushes him out a window to his death. Kim confesses her love for Edward and shares a kiss with him as they say goodbye. Returning downstairs, Kim lies to the townspeople saying that Edward and Jim killed each other in the fight. She tells them that the roof caved in on them and shows them a disembodied scissor-hand similar to that of Edward's. Shocked and saddened over his death, the neighbors return home. At the same time, the guilty Joyce realizes what her lies have done.

The elderly woman (who is actually revealed to be Kim in her old age) finishes telling her granddaughter the story, saying that she never saw Edward again. She chose not to visit him because she wanted him to remember her the way she was in her youth. She also mentions that Edward is still alive, seemingly immortal since he is artificial and can never age, and he "creates snow" from his ice sculptures, which falls upon the neighborhood below. She tells her granddaughter that "Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it." While Edward creates more ice sculptures, a flashback of a young Kim is shown dancing under the snow falling from the angel ice sculpture above her.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Trailer (HD 1080p)

Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Trailer (HD 1080p)

Music

Music by Danny Elfman

Songs

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available from MCA Records

TitlePerformed by
"Blue Hawaii"
  • "It's Not Unusual"
  • "Delilah"
  • "With These Hands"
Tom Jones
"Aloha Oe" (uncredited)
"I Saw Three Ships" (uncredited)Alan Arkin
O-Lan Jones
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" (uncredted)

Cast

Actor/actressCharacter(s)
Johnny DeppEdward Scissorhands
Winona RyderKim
Dianne WiestPeg
Anthony HallJim
Kathy BakerJoyce
Robert OliveriKevin
Conchata FerrellHelen
Caroline AaronMarge
Dick WilliamsOfficer Allen
O-Lan JonesEsmeralda
Vincent PriceThe Inventor
Alan ArkinBill
Susan J. BlommaertTinka
Linda PerryCissy
John DavidsonHost (TV)
Biff YeagerGeorge
Marti GreenbergSuzanne
Bryan LarkinMax
John McMahonDenny
Victoria PriceTV Newswoman
Stuart LancasterRetired Man
Gina GallagherGranddaughter
Aaron LustigPsychologist
Alan FudgeLoan Officer
Steven BrillDishwasher Man
Peter PalmerEditor
Marc Macaulay
Carmen Alexander
Brett Rice
Reporters
Andrew ClarkBeefy Man
Kelli CroftonPink Girl
Linda HessOlder Woman (TV)
Rosalyn ThomsonYoung Woman (TV)
Lee RallsRed-Haired Woman (TV)
Eileen MeurerTeenage Girl (TV)
Bea AlbanoRich Widow (TV)
Donna PieroniBlonde (TV)
Ken DeVaul
Michael Gaughan
Policemen
Tricia LloydTeenage Girl
Kathy DomboOther Teen
Rex FoxPolice Sergeant
Sherry FergusonMax's Mother
Tabetha ThomasLittle Girl on Bike
Tammy Boalo
Jackie Carson
Carol Crumrine
Suzanne Chrosniak
Ellin Dennis
Kathy Fleming
Jalaine Gallion
Miriam Goodspeed
Dianne Green
Mary Heath
Carol Klasek
Laura Nader
Doyle Anderson
Harvey Bellman
Michael Brown
Gary Clark
Roland Douville
Russell Green
Cecil Hawkins
Jack W. Kapfhamer
Bill Klein
Phil Olson
Joe Sheldon
James Spicer
Nick Carter (uncredited)
Neighborhood Extras
Tim Rerucha (uncredited)Van Friend
L.A. Rothman (uncredted)Diner patron

Edits

  • The climactic fight scene is reduced in the UK Cinema version by the BBFC. In order to secure a PG certificate in that version, some violence is edited:
    • A shot of Edward being kicked in the stomach was removed.
    • His beating with the crowbar was reduced from 8 blows to 2.

The UK VHS and the pre-2007 UK DVD versions feature the same print with the cuts lengthened to 15 secs.

External link

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"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
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The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Bless the Harts "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
Other cartoons "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other Reindeer • "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
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