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Edward Scissorhands 10th

Johnny Depp , Winona Ryder , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Edward Scissorhands achieves the nearly impossible feat of capturing the delicate flavor of a fable or fairy tale in a live-action movie. The story follows a young man named Edward (Johnny Depp), who was created by an inventor (Vincent Price, in one of his last roles) who died before he could give the poor creature a pair of human hands. Edward lives alone in a ruined Gothic castle that just happens to be perched above a pastel-colored suburb inhabited by breadwinning husbands and frustrated housewives straight out of the 1950s. One day, Peg (Dianne Wiest), the local Avon lady, comes calling. Finding Edward alone, she kindly invites him to come home with her, where she hopes to help him with his pasty complexion and those nasty nicks he's given himself with his razor-sharp fingers. Soon Edward's skill with topiary sculpture and hair design make him popular in the neighborhood--but the mood turns just as swiftly against the outsider when he starts to feel his own desires, particularly for Peg's daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Most of director Tim Burton's movies (such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman) are visual spectacles with elements of fantasy, but Edward Scissorhands is more tender and personal than the others. Edward's wild black hair is much like Burton's, suggesting that the character represents the director's own feelings of estrangement and co-option. Johnny Depp, making his first successful leap from TV to film, captures Edward's childlike vulnerability even while his physical posture evokes horror icons like the vampire in Nosferatu and the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Classic horror films, at their heart, feel a deep sympathy for the monsters they portray; simply and affectingly, Edward Scissorhands lays that heart bare. --Bret Fetzer

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Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward's fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Burton at his best Oct. 5 2004
Tim Burton could never be accused of pandering to Hollywood studios by producing bland, mainstream, blockbuster films. He is known for his quirky, weird and individual style of film making. Edward Scissorhands is a typical Burton film in its originality and is probably one of the best he has made to date.
The story centres on Edward, an isolated, shy and socially naive young man who was created by a scientist (Vincent Price). Unfortunately his maker dies before he has completed him and so Edward is left with scissors for hands. For years he lives alone in an old house on top of a hill. Edward's isolation is interrupted by the local Avon lady (Dianne Weiss) who decides he needs to be taken under her wing and promptly moves him into her home and attempts to integrate him into the local community.
Initially all goes well as his 'novelty' appeals to the locals who flock round to have their hair cut or hedges made into fantastic shapes by the wonderfully artistic Edward. As the film progresses however, things turn ugly as the locals turn against this all too different young man. Burton takes a magnificent swipe at middle class suburban America in his portrayal of the neighbourhood (identical houses, cars etc.) where everyone acts the same in an effort to belong and anything new or different is rejected.
Edward is brilliantly portrayed by Johnny Depp who demonstrates a tremendous ability to show his thoughts and emotions without speaking. His confusion and hurt at what is happening around him are so palpable and his doomed love for the daughter of the house (Winona Ryder) is heartbreaking.
This film is a magical fairytale for adults and will make you laugh and cry in equal amounts. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward Scissorhands June 4 2004
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This movie was overall incredible. This is my favorite movie, and I watch it constantly. A man with scissors as hands is such a wild and odd concept, I never expected it to be anywhere near as moving as it was. All of Tim Burton's films are wonderful, (especially The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice) but Edward Scissorhands tops them all. Major kudos to Tim Burton.
After making a total of zero sales, local Avon represenative Peg Boggs(Diane Wiest) decides to attempt a sale at the Gothic castle at the top of a mountain, looming over a cheerful Suburbia neighborhood. Peg soon discovers that no ordinary man lives in the castle, but an unfinished creation named Edward(Johnny Depp), who has lived his life with scissors replacing his fingers. The glass-half-full Peg takes him to her home, where he is warmly welcomed by Peg's family and friends.
Edward soon begins to discover the rich life of civilization, where he flaunts his talents in topiaries and dog-trimmings, while Peg plasters his face with her Avon cosmetics. He also meets Kim(Winona Ryder), Peg's daughter, who fills him with love and desire. But things take a turn for the worse, and the neighbors that once loved him suddenly reject his differences.
This movie contrasts comedic scenes ("I have a doctor friend that might be able to help you.") with melancholy, sad acts ("Hold me..." "I can't.") I honestly can't get enough of this movie. If it doesn't capture your heart and mind right away, you need emotional development. This movie pulls you into it's storyline and makes for a great classic. Watch it even if it doesn't sound very good. Overall a triumph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am amazed June 1 2004
I just watched this for the first time (about time, eh?) and I was blown away.
First off, the movie wouldn't be nearly the same without Danny Elfman's terrific score. I don't think I've scene a Tim Burton movie without Elfman's music. *strokes chin*
Also, Johnny Depp did a GREAT job acting. He doesn't have many lines, but his facial expressions are...I don't know how to describe them. There's so much emotion and sadness in his eyes...he was the perfect guy for the role. This story is, on the surface, a bittersweet story about a (boy? man? Edward is almost ageless...another great thing about the movie)...male with scissors for hands (ooh! Bet you didn't see that one coming!) who falls in love, but isn't accepted by society. Under the surface there are lots of metaphors and things you could compare this to, but I don't think there's one right thing that this movie represents.
I still don't know why this movie makes me cry. I'm sort of a sap, though...meh.
Take the time to watch this movie. I'm going to watch it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy-Tale For the Modern Age May 27 2004
Tim Burton's films are arguably the 20th/21st century answer to Grimm's fairy tales. Each of his films are at once entertaining, mesmerizing and thought provoking, giving the viewer an askewed but vivid portrayal of life through the images he so masterfully captures.
Edward Scissorhands is a prime example of such a film.
It is the story of an inventor and his invention, a "Pinocchio" fable if you will, about a man who creates life though his craft, though in this instance, the inventor (Vincent Price), dies before he can complete his invention; namely, Edward (Johnny Depp), a man built from the pieces/parts of the inventors many fancy machines. Instead of being whole, Edward is left with menacing "scissor-hands".
Peg Boggs (Diane Wiest), an AVON saleswoman, ventures to the home of the inventor after failing to sell any of her wares too her usual customers, the housewives of her small community. When there, she discovers an enchanted old mansion, with beautiful sculptures cut from the tress and bushes that adorn the gardens. Braving the dark of the immense home, she seeks out its owner, discovering Edward in the process. When she sees that he is there alone, stricken with the "infirmaty" of his condition, she befriends him and takes him home with her.
The neighborhood women, nosey-busy bodies, catch wind of Peg's discovery, and it isn't long before Edward is the gossip of the day. Edward, dark and mysterious, is a stark contrast to the bright, vibrant, colorful "cookie-cutter" neighborhood of pastel homes and yards, and the families that occupy them.
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Published on Aug. 17 2007 by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
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Published on Jan. 15 2007 by elfdart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, but not all that new.
Great DVD with excellent quality, however it lacks in the special features department. Why? Possibly because this is the same DVD released a few years ago only with different... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2005 by "ehmjay"
5.0 out of 5 stars release date
i really enjoyed the film i thought it would be a little bit scary but in the end it turned into a bit of a love story so i loved the twist in that
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Published on Sept. 19 2005 by tara halford
5.0 out of 5 stars Edward aux mains d'argent
J'aimerais savoir s'il est possible d'avoir ce video en francais,Edward aux mains d'argent j'aimerais bien le poseder.
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Published on Dec 19 2004 by guylaine
3.0 out of 5 stars A true work of art!
This has certainly got to be one of Burton's most imaginative creations. I can't remember a movie be that puzzlling, and yet so interesting and fun. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by C. J Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Movie
I first saw this movie not so long ago and I fell in love with it. It is a beautiful story with very sad moments as well as exciting ones. Burton and Depp make a great team. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
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