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Limb & Spinal Conditions: Major Films  
TitleEdward Scissorhands (1990)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityLimb
CountryUSA
Length100
GenreDrama Allegory
Rating5
DirectorTim Burton
CastJohnny Depp Winona Ryder Dianne Wiest Vincent Price Alan Arkin Anthony Michael Hall Kathy Baker
NotesJohnny Depp plays Edward the creation of an inventor (Vincent Price nicely cast here) who dies before he has completed the boy. He has scissors instead of hands. The inventor lives in a gothic mansion which looks down on the ultra normal suburbia below with its pastel coloured identikit homes. A fairy tale, fable, whatever you want to call it , used to satirise average America. After years of isolation in the mansion Depp is brought down to the plain by an Avon lady (Dianne Wiest) and introduced to normality. An innocent abroad, (Mark Twain was good at this sort of thing). All round the performances are superb though Depp and Ryder stand out and we're never quite clear if/how Edward fits in. Compare with Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988).

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