Scissors (film)

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Directed by Frank De Felitta
Produced by Don Levin
Mel Pearl
Hal W. Polaire
Written by Joyce Selznick (story)
Frank de Felitta (screenplay)
Music by Alfi Kabiljo
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by John F. Schreyer
Distributed by DDM Film Corporation
Paramount Pictures (Home Media)
MGM (current)
Release date
  • March 22, 1991 (1991-03-22)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Scissors is a 1991 American psychological thriller film directed by Frank De Felitta and starring Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, and Steve Railsback.[1][2]

The plot centers around the life of Angela Anderson (Stone), a sexually repressed woman who becomes trapped in a mysterious apartment.


Angela Anderson (Stone) buys a pair of large scissors from a hardware shop. On her way home she is attacked in the elevator of her apartment block by a red-bearded man, who she stabs with the scissors in self-defense. Immediately after the attack Angela is found by twin brothers (both played by Railsback) who live next door to her. The first brother Alex is the star of a successful soap opera, whereas the other, Cole, is a wheelchair-bound artist. An attraction develops between Angela and Alex, which is constantly restrained by Angela's sexual repression. Hypnotherapy sessions with her psychiatrist Dr. Steven Carter (Cox) reveal a red-bearded man named Billy in Angela's past, a startling coincidence to her recent attack.

Following her attack in the elevator, the increasing attention from Alex, and the fear of Cole she develops, Angela's sheltered world starts to fall apart. After another encounter with her red-bearded attacker, and harassment from Cole, Angela finds herself lured with the prospect of a job to a large and mysterious apartment where she finds herself trapped.

In the master bedroom, Angela finds the body of her red-bearded attacker, who has been murdered with the same pair of scissors she bought earlier. The only other living thing in the apartment with her is a caged raven, who caws repeatedly that Angela killed him. As Angela explores the apartment, she finds it is full of exhibits relating to her own psychology, it is clear at this point that someone wants to drive Angela into insanity.

Meanwhile, Alex has discovered that Angie is missing and while trying to discover her whereabouts, his brother Cole suddenly stands up from his wheelchair, attacks Alex, and then mysteriously leaves.

After many failed escape attempts Angela takes the raven from its cage, ties a message to its leg and, using the blood-stained scissors to remove a vent cover, releases the raven into an air vent. Angela wakes up the following morning to find that the body of her attacker has been moved to the dining room, and the mutilated corpse of the raven sits on a plate before it. The sight of this causes Angela to collapse in shock where she experiences a childhood flashback. In the flashback, her red-bearded stepfather Billy is murdered by her mother with a pair of scissors before her eyes - the horror being the root of her repression.

The next day the apartment is visited by Dr Carter's wife, who is having an affair with the owner. She arrives to find her husband waiting for her, disguised in a red beard, revealing that he was Angela's attacker. He reveals to his wife that when he learned of the affair, he murdered her lover with a pair of scissors and had set Angela up to take the fall by luring her to the apartment, and exploiting what he had discovered about her past during hypnotherapy sessions. Carter convinces his horrified but politically ambitious wife to go along with the frame, and they set out to find the scissors used in the murder, since they may be used as evidence against him. While wandering in a trance-like state, Angela ventures through the main door (carelessly left open by Carter), closing it behind her and trapping Carter and his wife inside. Dr. Carter attempts to lure Angela back by posing as Billy, to no avail.

Outside Angela is rescued by Alex, who had tracked her to the apartment's address. A trapped Carter bangs the scissors furiously against the glass of the window, as a liberated Angela looks back with a vengeful smile.


  • Sharon Stone as Angela Anderson
  • Steve Railsback as Cole Morgan, Alex Morgan
  • Ronny Cox as Dr Stephen Carter
  • Michelle Phillips as Ann Carter
  • Vicki Frederick as Nancy
  • Leonard Rogel as Red Beard
  • Carl Ciarfalio as Attacker
  • Howie Guma as Clerk
  • Larry Moss as Kramer
  • Paul Austin Kelly as Folger
  • Albert Popwell as Officer
  • Jim Shankman as Bob the Clerk
  • Jesse Garcia as Counterman
  • Hal Riddle as Dog Walker
  • Laura Ann Caufield as Soap Opera Actress
  • Kelly Noonan as Young Angie
  • George Fisher as Attacker
  • Ivy Jones as Mother
  • Will Leskin as Billy


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