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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.


            Tim Burton


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            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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            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

            Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

            Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

            Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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            Did You Know?


            Tim Burton said that he was drawn to the story because of the similarities between Edward D. Wood Jr.'s relationship with Bela Lugosi and his own friendship with Vincent Price late in the actor's life. 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 »


            Edward D. Wood, Jr.: My girlfriend still doesn't know why her sweaters are always stretched out.
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            User Reviews

            "Why, I thought he was dead."
            24 December 2004 | by ur2351562See 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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            Release Date:

            7 October 1994 (USA) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Ед Вуд See more »

            Filming Locations:

            California, USA See more »


            Box Office


            $18,000,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $71,566, 2 October 1994

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Company Credits

            Production Co:

            Touchstone Pictures See more »
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            Technical Specs


            Sound Mix:

            Dolby Digital

            Aspect Ratio:

            1.85 : 1
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