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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


            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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            Release Date:

            7 October 1994 (USA) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Ed Vud 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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            Did You Know?


            George 'The Animal' Steele worked with a dialect coach for three weeks to recreate Tor Johnson's Swedish accent. See more »


            During the first meeting between Ed Wood and George Weiss where Ed is trying to get funding for Glen or Glenda, Weiss mentions he did a movie entitled Chained Girls, which came out after "Glen or Glenda". See more »


            [Bela Lugosi casts a love spell on Vampira who is on TV while moving his fingers like Dracula]
            Edward D. Wood, Jr.: My Gosh, Bela, how do you do that?
            Bela Lugosi: You must be double-jointed. And you must be Hungarian.
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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 »


            Referenced in Smash Cut (2009) See more »


            BUNNY HOP
            Written by Ray Anthony and Leonard Auletti
            Performed by John Keating
            Courtesy of Gateway Records
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            User Reviews

            An Unlikely Masterpiece
            26 April 1999 | by pkendellSee all my reviews

            I hear that ED WOOD took just $6,000,000 on its initial cinematic release in the USA. I'm not surprised. The extraordinary thing is that the film was financed and released at all. Had it not been for the prestige that Tim Burton had already earned from his previous projects, ED WOOD would no doubt have foundered long before the cameras began to roll. The result could have been another 1941 ? but it wasn't. What came out of Tim Burton's fascination with the `Worst Director of All Time' was something very rich and strange ? perhaps the most un-Hollywood Hollywood picture of the 90s.

            I see two main themes in ED WOOD. The first is the dreadful fear that hovers over everyone who enters the creative arts ? `Am I any good?' `Is my work any good?' `How do I know if it's any good?' `What if I think it's good, but everybody else thinks it's rubbish?' Artists use all kinds of strategies to deal with these fears ? some become eccentric, others arrogant, others diffident. Without the right to fail, no artist is likely to take the sort of risk that sometimes, just sometimes, leads to great work. Tim Burton knew this.

            Edward D Wood Jnr believed himself to be a creative artist. Oh, how he believed. But he still failed to create anything worthwhile. And this leads to what I believe to be the second theme of the movie, and the reason why I think it failed commercially.

            Look at all the things Ed did right. He believed in himself. He followed his dream. He worked hard. He was an entrepreneur ? he did his best to make others believe in his dream and help him to turn it into reality. In short, he did all the things that the self-help books, the daytime TV shows, the junk ballads and the feel-good movies tell us will give you success. Just wish upon a star, work all the hours there are to turn your vision into reality and you will succeed. Ed did all of these things. And still he failed. He died short of his 60th birthday, living in a crime-riddled apartment building, drunk, broke, supporting himself and his loyal wife Kathy by writing formula pornography and making sex instruction flicks on 8mm.

            America doesn't want to hear this. Hollywood doesn't want to tell America this ? that you can try and try and try and still get nothing but heartbreak. This is why ED WOOD is such an un-Hollywood film ? and why it's one of the best Hollywood films of the 90s.

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