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Ed Wood (1994)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  7 October 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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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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ed Vud  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$5,887,457 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Bela Lugosi continually puts down Boris Karloff and the Frankenstein monster, then later laments that he turned down the role of the monster himself. In reality, Lugosi did play the monster (years after Karloff), in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). Incidentally, he also played the role of Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) against Karloff's final portrayal as the monster. See more »


When Ed and Kathy emerge from the theatre after the showing of Plan 9, their convertible has been sitting with the top down in pouring rain. Ed opens the passenger door and water pours out of the car, yet when he opens the driver's door seconds later, no water drains from it. See more »


[Bride of the Monster wrap party. Mariachi band plays "Que sera sera"]
Tor Johnson: Mister Bunny, what's wrong? I heard you were becoming a lady.
Bunny Breckinridge: Oh, that. Mexico was... a nightmare. We got into a car accident... he was killed. Our luggage... was stolen. The surgeon... turned out to be... a quack. If it hadn't been for these men...
[gestures to the Mariachi band]
Bunny Breckinridge: I don't know... how I would have... survived,
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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, 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 »


References Night of the Ghouls (1959) See more »


Music by Peter von Brachel
Lyrics by John Athelstan Laurie Riley
Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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weird - thank god
22 November 2004 | by (The Deep South) – See all my reviews

There isn't enough weirdness of this ilk in the world. I rated this a 10 because it is perfect in its imperfection, just like Ed Wood was. Come on, the guy did 'Plan 9' for cryin' out loud. How perfectly horrible was that movie??

Landau was flawless as Bela Lugosi. Johnny Depp was his usual wonderful weird self. What is there to say about Bill Murray that hasn't already been said? Sarah Jessica Parker was brilliant as the not quite an airhead girlfriend/wife.

Frankly, I just can't find anything wrong with this movie except that it ends. I just wanted the weirdness to go on and on.

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