Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990, USA) C-105m. *** D: Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Robert Oliveri, O-Lan Jones, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Nick Carter. Touching, irresistible Burton movie, a typically dark fantasy about the title character, an artificial human (Depp), whose maker (Price) sewed all but his hands onto his body, instead he is wearing huge scissors. One day he is discovered by cosmetics saleswoman Wiest, who takes him to her suburban home and integrates him into their society. However, the young man remains 'different' despite his unique talents. Intelligent story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson links the classic plots of Pinocchio and Frankenstein. Excellent score by Danny Elfman, remarkable art direction, too. A real treat (even if it hits its stride rather late), one of Tim Burton's best films.


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