Edward Scissorhands script
Synopsis: 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.

HELEN:

Come on, Peg. I never buy anything from you.

You know that?

PEG:

I know. Bye, Helen.

REPAIRMAN:

You know, you didn't have to call me, ma'am.

You could have taken care of this by yourself.

JOYCE:

I could? I don't think so.

REPAIRMAN:

Yeah, you see, it's easy. The food trap's

clogged. That's all. You see this bolt here?

You just unscrew this. OK? And out she pops.

JOYCE:

You know, on TV they say you repairmen are

lonely bunch of people. Housewives get lonely

too. Although you may not realize it since they

haven't made a commercial on the subject.

REPAIRMAN:

And then you just take this and put it back in

here nice and easy. Be careful not to force it,

because it fits in there by itself. And then

you just screw this back on.

(The bell rings.)

JOYCE:

On no! Who could that be? Will you excuse me

for a moment? Now. Don't go anywhere. I'll be

right back. This is fascinating. I wouldn't

want to miss a moment of it.

PEG:

Good morning, Joyce. Avon calling.

JOYCE:

Why! Peg. Have you gone blind? Can't you see

there's a vehicle in my driveway?

PEG:

Oh, yes.

JOYCE:

Well, I'm surprised you don't realize that

means I'm busy.

(Joyce shuts the door with a

bang.)

PEG:

Okay. Now, we should decide on lipsticks. Okay,

dear, what one did you like best? There was the

Winsome Wahini which looked charming on you. Or

the Bahenie Bliss.

A GIRL:

I like them both.

PEG:

Well, great.

A GIRL:

You don't actually think I have any money, do

you?

(Peg gets in her car.)

CHILDREN:

Ding, dong, the Avon lady.

PEG:

It's just not my day.

(Disappointed Peg sees a mansion

through her rearview mirror and

drives to the place. She is

attracted by the beautiful garden

there and enters the mansion.)

PEG:

Oh, my goodness.

PEG:

Oh, it's so beautiful. Hello?

(Birds flying)

Hello? Avon calling, oh my. Hello, I'm Peg

Boggs. I'm your local Avon representative.

Hello. I'm sorry to barge in like this. But you

don't have any reason to be afraid. This is

some huge house, isn't it? Thank goodness for

those aerobics classes.

(Snipping)

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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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