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A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being -- the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast.

OLD KIM:

Snuggle in, sweetie. It's cold out there.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

Why is it snowing, grandma? Where does it come

from?

OLD KIM:

Oh, that's a long story, sweetheart.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

I want to hear.

OLD KIM:

Oh, not tonight. Go to sleep.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

I'm not sleepy. Tell me, please.

OLD KIM:

Well, all right. Let's see. I guess it would

have to start with scissors.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

Scissors?

OLD KIM:

Well, there are all kinds of scissors. And once

there was even a man who had scissors for

hands.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

A man?

OLD KIM:

Yes.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

Hands, scissors?

OLD KIM:

No, scissorhands. You know the mansion on top

of the mountain?

GRANDDAUGHTER:

It's haunted.

OLD KIM:

Well, a long time ago, an inventor lived in

that mansion. He made many things, I suppose.

He also created a man. He gave him inside, a

heart, a brain, everything. Well, almost

everything. You see, the inventor was very old.

He died before he got to finish the man he

invented. So the man was left by himself,

incomplete and all alone.

GRANDDAUGHTER:

He didn't have a name?

OLD KIM:

Of course, he had a name. His name was Edward.

PEG:

Avon calling.

HELEN:

Weren't you just here?

PEG:

No, not since last season. Today I've come to

show you our exquisite new line of soft colors

in shadows, blushes and lipstick. Everything

you need to accent and highlight your changing

looks.

HELEN:

My changing looks? That's good.

(Helen chuckles)

PEG:

Well, it goes that saying and I also have a

complete selection of your old favorites, those

tried-and-true products we've all come to

depend on year-in and year-out.

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Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson (born April 23, 1956) is an American novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer. She wrote the screenplays for Tim Burton's films Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. She co-wrote the story for Edward Scissorhands and recently co-adapted a new stage version of the film with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Thompson also adapted the screenplay for the film version of Wicked Lovely, a bestselling fantasy series, in 2011, but the production was put into turnaround. more…

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