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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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When it came to making bad movies, Ed Wood was the best. See more »


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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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7 October 1994 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,887,457 (USA)
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Debra Winger turned down the role of Dolores Fuller. See more »

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When Ed takes Lugosi home after first meeting him, Bela disdainfully says that modern horror movies only show big bugs, giant spiders, giant grasshoppers and the like. But in fact, Hollywood did not begin producing giant-insect films until 1954 - about two years after Wood and Lugosi first met. See more »

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Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Hey Cris, how'd you know we'd be living on Mars by 1970?
Criswell: I guessed. I made it up.
[Leans over to Ed]
Criswell: It's horseshit.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: [Ed looks very crestfallen] Really...
Criswell: Eddie, there's no such thing as a psychic. People believe my folderol because I wear a black tuxedo.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: [Still looking disappointed, but perking up] It's that easy?
Criswell: Eddie, we're in show biz. It's all about razzle-dazzle. Appearances. If you look good and you talk well, people will believe anything.
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The lightning bolt in the Touchstone logo appears after the logo is struck by lightning. See more »

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References Francis (1950) See more »

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KUBA MAMBO
Written and Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Nice to meet you Mr. Wood
24 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It is a well known fact by now that Johnny Depp is a subtle, tender, beautiful force of nature. Tim Burton has been able to create universes that Johnny Depp can inhabit with the strange naturalness of someone who belongs. "Ed Wood" is the ultimate demonstration of that theory. You're introduced to the world of someone who appears almost a figment of someone's imagination to realise that there is something of him in you and me. What is incredible is that the realisation comes hand in hand with a personal discovery. That funny weird kid represents more than something but the best of you and me. Angora sweaters and childish dreams. The purity of an artist with a talent that is concentrated in his heart. Remember the Salieri of "Amadeus" torturing himself cursing God for giving him the gift of recognising the talent in others without having any of his own. Ed Wood, as told by Burton and Depp, is so far away from that pathology that to watch his films after having met him with Johnny's face is an entirely different experience. Everything makes sense. Strangely enough (or not) "Ed Wood" died at the box office but as it happens more often than not, "Ed Wood" is more alive today than many of the greatest moneymakers of all time. Yes, that business of time never fails. Greatness prevails.


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