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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 »


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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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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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One of two Tim Burton movies where Rance Howard plays an investor, the second being Mars Attacks! (1996) Here, he plays the meat-packer tycoon who invests in Bride of the Monster. In Mars Attacks! (1996), he plays a Texan investor at the business meeting for Art Land's (played by Jack Nicholson) casino. Both are also movies about disasters, in varying definitions. See more »

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When being asked that nobody can do so many jobs at once in the film business like director, actor, writer and producer, Ed Wood replies that two people do: Orson Welles and himself. However even in those days more people did it, like Charlie Chaplin who was a director, actor, writer, producer and even editor and composer for his movies. See more »

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[Bela, in his Dracula costume, hears the doorbell on Halloween night]
Bela Lugosi: Children! I love children.
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A brilliant movie about a not so brilliant man.
14 March 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

When you see an Indian organist playing in a meat-house with the meat still cooling in it, while a transvestite is performing a belly dance without his teeth and is making Bela Lugosi swing, you know it...you're watching a Tim Burton movie.

The movie brilliantly tells the story about Edward D. Wood Jr. widely know these days as the worst movie director of all time. It tells the story with lot's of humor but it never gets disrespectful, or makes fun of Wood. Instead you actually will gain lot's of respect for his passion and his will power to make just that one movie that he would always be remembered for. The story of Edward D. Wood Jr. is tragic but the movie never becomes sad. It is the perfect homage and tribute to this unfortunate director. You can see by watching this movie that Tim Burton in a way really admires Wood's life and his work.

We get to see Wood as a filmmaker and as an individual. We get to know his weird lifestyle and his eccentric famous friends

OK the movie might no be a completely fair biography about Wood. It takes lot's of liberties with telling the story and it only shows the bright days of Wood's life but as movie it works really well and is next to "Edward Sciccorhands" Burton's best movie till date, truly a masterpiece!

The cast is terrific. Johnn Depp in a Tim Burton movie is always jackpot. Sarah Jessica Parker impressed me and Martin Landau truly is perfect as Bela Lugosi. Bill Murray does what he can best, acting crazy! The Danny Elfman like music by Howard Shore is really great and also great as an homage to the 50's horror soundtracks.

The movie works both as a comedy and as a drama. It knows to find the perfect balance but mainly still the movie is just extremely fun to watch. The movie really has tons of laughs and is filled with some incredible crazy character's but like I said before, it never becomes disrespectful to anyone.

I must say that "Ed Wood" really changed my life. It got me interested in not just only Ed Wood movies but 50's horror movies in general. It also made me a big fan of the famous Hammer film's.

A brilliant, strange, tragic, fun homage to the man who will always be remembered as the worst director of all time.

10/10

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