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Ed Wood (1994)

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Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

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Tim Burton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Ed Wood
Martin Landau ... Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette ... Kathy O'Hara
Jeffrey Jones ... Criswell
G.D. Spradlin ... Reverend Lemon
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Orson Welles
Bill Murray ... Bunny Breckinridge
Mike Starr ... Georgie Weiss
Max Casella ... Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley ... Conrad Brooks
Lisa Marie ... Vampira
George 'The Animal' Steele ... Tor Johnson
Juliet Landau ... Loretta King
Clive Rosengren ... Ed Reynolds
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ed Vud See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,900,000, 2 October 1994

Gross USA:

$5,887,457
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tim Burton's first R-rated film. See more »

Goofs

At Boardner's in 1953, when Ed's play is reviewed, a 1955 Chevrolet is parked at the front door. See more »

Quotes

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Dolores, I have 5 days to finish this picture. Don't get goofy on me.
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with the simple line "Filmed in Hollywood, USA", the same way as the real Ed Wood did it at the end of his movies. See more »

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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D minor
(uncredited)
By Johann Sebastian Bach
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Burton & Depp: Perfect For This Story
17 February 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's appropriate that Tim Burton would direct this and even more appropriate that Johnny Depp would play the lead character as this story profiles an unusual subject: the worst director of films, perhaps, in Hollywood history....and one of its strangest characters.

As interesting as the story is, I found the black-and-white photography to be the best aspect of the film, but that's no surprise since Burton usually excels in making great visual films. Depp was hilarious as "Ed Wood." The eternal optimistic attitude and silly smile on his face in this film always makes me laugh and actually is inspiring in parts. You can't help but like poor Ed.

The most dramatic figure is Bela Lugosi, played memorably by Martin Landau, who deservedly won many awards for this performance. What a tragic figure.

To no surprise, there is a cheap shot against Baptists, who are made to look like meddling fools, something Hollywood loves to portray when it comes to any Christian character. Other than that, it's a fascinating film and portrait of a weirdo that only real-life weirdo Johnny Depp could do justice!


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