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Ed Wood (1994)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  28 September 1994 (USA)
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An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.

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Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot
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The life of 'Edward D. Wood Jr.', hailed as the worst director (of Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Glen or Glenda (1953) and Bride of the Monster (1955)) of all time. Written by Rogerio Santos

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Movies were his passion. Women were his inspiration. Angora sweaters were his weakness. See more »


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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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28 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,887,457 (USA)
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Trivia

Jeffrey Jones' monologue at the beginning of the film is a play on Criswell's monologue from Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). See more »

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When Ed is shooting his last footage of Lugosi outside of his house, when the camera is on Lugosi there is a walkway, but when the camera is on Ed, there isn't one. This is only visible in the fullscreen version. See more »

Quotes

[Ed is cross-dressed on the set of "Glen or Glenda"]
Dolores Fuller: How can you just walk wound like that in front of all these people?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Well hon, nobody's bothered but you. Look around.
Dolores Fuller: Ed, this isn't the real world. You've surrounded yourself with a bunch of WEIRDOS!
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Oh say it a little louder, I don't think Bela heard you!
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Crazy Credits

Immediately preceding the final credits, the film features a "What Ever Happened To" and/or "Where They Are Now" sequence about 'Edward D. Wood Jr.', Kathy Wood, Bela Lugosi, John Breckinridge, Dolores Fuller, Tor Johnson, Vampira, Paul Marco' , 'Conrad Brooks (I)', Tom Mason, and Criswell. The commentaries include such statements as: "Bela Lugosi never rose from the grave, but after appearing in 103 films, he is more famous than ever. Today, his movie memorabilia outsells Boris Karloff's by a substantial margin" and "Dolores Fuller, after leaving Ed, went on to a successful songwriting career. Her compositions include the Elvis Presley hits 'Rock-a-Hula Baby' and 'Do the Clam.'" See more »

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Written by Ray Anthony and Leonard Auletti
Performed by John Keating
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An Unlikely Masterpiece
26 April 1999 | by (Wokingham, England) – See all my reviews

I hear that ED WOOD took just $6,000,000 on its initial cinematic release in the USA. I'm not surprised. The extraordinary thing is that the film was financed and released at all. Had it not been for the prestige that Tim Burton had already earned from his previous projects, ED WOOD would no doubt have foundered long before the cameras began to roll. The result could have been another 1941 – but it wasn't. What came out of Tim Burton's fascination with the `Worst Director of All Time' was something very rich and strange – perhaps the most un-Hollywood Hollywood picture of the 90s.

I see two main themes in ED WOOD. The first is the dreadful fear that hovers over everyone who enters the creative arts – `Am I any good?' `Is my work any good?' `How do I know if it's any good?' `What if I think it's good, but everybody else thinks it's rubbish?' Artists use all kinds of strategies to deal with these fears – some become eccentric, others arrogant, others diffident. Without the right to fail, no artist is likely to take the sort of risk that sometimes, just sometimes, leads to great work. Tim Burton knew this.

Edward D Wood Jnr believed himself to be a creative artist. Oh, how he believed. But he still failed to create anything worthwhile. And this leads to what I believe to be the second theme of the movie, and the reason why I think it failed commercially.

Look at all the things Ed did right. He believed in himself. He followed his dream. He worked hard. He was an entrepreneur – he did his best to make others believe in his dream and help him to turn it into reality. In short, he did all the things that the self-help books, the daytime TV shows, the junk ballads and the feel-good movies tell us will give you success. Just wish upon a star, work all the hours there are to turn your vision into reality and you will succeed. Ed did all of these things. And still he failed. He died short of his 60th birthday, living in a crime-riddled apartment building, drunk, broke, supporting himself and his loyal wife Kathy by writing formula pornography and making sex instruction flicks on 8mm.

America doesn't want to hear this. Hollywood doesn't want to tell America this – that you can try and try and try and still get nothing but heartbreak. This is why ED WOOD is such an un-Hollywood film – and why it's one of the best Hollywood films of the 90s.


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