U.S., 1990, 105 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Tim Burton, Rated PG-13, 20th Century Fox
Saturday, 12/17 at 11:45 pm
"Like a great chef concocting an exquisite peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, Mr. Burton invests awe-inspiring ingenuity into the process of reinventing something very small." - Janet Maslin, New York Times
A teenaged Tim Burton, feeling isolated and unable to communicate with others, drew a man with long, sharp blades for fingers. Decades later, Johnny Depp brought that man to life in Burton’s leather-clad 1990 dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands. An eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) assembles a synthetic young man with all the necessary ingredients but one: a pair of hands. After fitting him with temporary, scissor-like phalanges, the kindly inventor dies, leaving his creation alone in the world. But when local Avon lady Peg (Dianne Weist) takes pity on him, she brings him into her life where the man – dubbed Edward – begins to fall in love with Peg’s daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). What follows is a lot of misunderstandings and fear of the unknown – but dashed with hope and love. A critical and commercial success, the film marked Burton’s first collaboration with the chameleonic Depp. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup and won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
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