Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

1990, PG-13, 100 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Conchata Ferrell, Kathy Baker, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, Vincent Price, Dianne Wiest.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Dec. 21, 1990

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp come close to achieving perfection in this dream tale about a boy whose maker dies before attaching his creation's hands. Burton's combination of fantastic and real imagery add to the story's dreamy but satiric edge. Depp, as the fragile but irresistibly fabulous title character, is "shear" delight. This performance is the one that upped his popular standing from TV teen throb to credible film actor.

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Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Conchata Ferrell, Kathy Baker, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, Vincent Price, Dianne Wiest

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