Ed Wood

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Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker's Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi's final soliloquy -- an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor's life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood's own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film -- at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening -- and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide


  • Johnny Depp
  • Martin Landau
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Patricia Arquette
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • G.D. Spradlin
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Bill Murray
  • Mike Starr
  • Max Casella

Did You Know?


  • George 'The Animal' Steele was given heavy shoes with extra weight to help recreate Tor Johnson's lumbering walk.
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  • Dolores Fuller hits Edward D. Wood Jr. on the left side of his head for accepting Loretta King, but Ed subsequently has an ice pack on the right.
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    • Edward D. Wood, Jr.: I met Bela Lugosi.
    • Dolores Fuller: Why, I thought he was dead.
    • Edward D. Wood, Jr.: No, he's very much alive. Well, sort of.
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One of those rare films that communicates the exquisite joy of the moviemaking process. [7 October 1994, Friday, p.B]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today

What Burton has made is a film which celebrates Wood more than it mocks him, and which celebrates, too, the zany spirit of 1950s exploitation films - in which a great title, a has-been star and a lurid ad campaign were enough to get bookings for some of the oddest films ever made.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times