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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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Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. Written by Jwelch5742

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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)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$5,887,457 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In this film, the footage of Bela Lugosi picking a flower is filmed by Ed outside Lugosi's own house. In reality, the house was Tor Johnson's. See more »


In a screening room, Ed calls back to the projectionist to show the footage again. At which point, the projector (the same projector) immediately restarts although the film has not been rewound and rethreaded. See more »


Reverend Lemon: [sees Ed come out in drag] Mr. Wood, what do you think you're doing!
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: I'm directing.
Ed Reynolds: Not like *that* you're not.
Reverend Lemon: Remove that getup immediately. You shame our lord.
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Crazy Credits

The lightning bolt in the Touchstone logo appears after the logo is struck by lightning. See more »


Referenced in The Hostage II: From Dawn Till Dusk (2009) See more »


Written by Alan Braden
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"Why, I thought he was dead."
24 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I had never heard of Ed Wood before hearing of this film, I now understand why anybody would even consider making a film about him. Even though branded as "the worst director of all time," Wood was refreshingly passionate about what he did. Of course, I can't really judge his work, but from what I saw in this movie I'm pretty sure that the critics are right about him.

But that's not the point of Ed Wood. Not at all. My favorite scene in the whole movie is the conversation between Wood and Orson Welles. One perhaps the best filmmaker of his time, the other a young, struggling filmmaker without experience or talent, but each knows what the other is going through. They have the same problems and the same ambitions. The fact that one is a genius and the other a total failure is only secondary.

The performances are all first-rate, starting with Depp and Landau and going all the way to the supporting cast which includes a great performance by Bill Murray. Opposing Ed Wood's statement that "filmmaking is not about the tiny details," Tim Burton gave us another great film filled with wonderful details.

The film does not go into detail about Wood's experiences prior to and after making his first films which is understandable when you make a little research on this very website.

This film made me curious about Ed Wood's work and maybe I'll get over myself and check out Plan 9 from Outer Space or Glen or Glenda.


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