Ed Wood


Ed Wood

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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up to fete the life and work of cult hero Ed Wood, with typically strange and wonderful results.



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Ed Wood was a little known film-maker from the early 1950's who gained posthumous notoriety for his dreadful B-grade science fiction films in the mid-'80s. This film is producer/director Tim Burton's fictionalized portrait of Wood's strange, yet mediocre life and career. Burton filmed "Ed Wood" in black and white to recreate the atmosphere of Wood's films. The film primarily focuses on three aspects of Wood's life, his transvestism, his relationships with his oddball casts and crew as he tried to make his films on shoestring budgets, and his friendship with aging horror-movie great Bela Lugosi whom he tried to help.


Johnny Depp
as Edward D. Wood Jr.
Martin Landau
as Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette
as Kathy O'Hara
Jeffrey Jones
as Criswell
G.D. Spradlin
as Rev. Lemon
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Orson Welles
Lisa Marie
as Vampira
Bill Murray
as Bunny Breckinridge
Mike Starr
as George Weiss
Max Casella
as Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley
as Conrad Brooks
Juliet Landau
as Loretta King
Clive Rosengren
as Ed Reynolds
Norman Alden
as Cameraman Bill
Leonard Termo
as Makeup Man Harry
Ned Bellamy
as Dr. Tom Mason
Danny Dayton
as Soundman
Ross Manarchy
as Camera Assistant
Bill Cusack
as Tony McCoy
Aaron Nelms
as Teenage Kid
Biff Yeager
as Rude Boss
Jonathan Ross
as Camera Assistant
Louis Lombardi
as Rental House Manager
Mickey Cottrell
as Hammy Alien
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Security Guard
Carmen Filpi
as Old Crusty Man
Melora Walters
as 2nd Secretary
Conrad Brooks
as Bartender
Don Amendolia
as Salesman
Tommy Bertelsen
as Tough Boy
Reid Cruickshanks
as Stage Guard
Stanley DeSantis
as Mr. Feldman
Lionel Decker
as 1st Executive
Edmund L. Shaff
as 2nd Executive
Gene Lebell
as Ring Announcer
Jesse Hernandez
as Wrestling Opponent
Bobby Slayton
as TV show host
Gretchen Becker
as TV Host's Assistant
John Rice
as Conservative Man
Catherine Butterfield
as Conservative Wife
Mary Portser
as Backer's Wife
King Cotton
as Hick Backer
Vasek Simek
as Professor Strowski
Don Hood
as Southern Backer
Frank Echols
as Doorman
Tommy Bush
as Stage Manager
Gregory Walcott
as Potential Backer
Rance Howard
as Old Man McCoy
Vasek C. Simek
as Professor Strowski
Maurice LaMarche
as Orson Welles [uncredited]
Alan Martin
as Vampira's Assistant
Salwa Mohamed Ali
as Vampira's Girlfriend
Rodney Kizziah
as Vampira's Friend
Korla Pandit
as Indian Musician
Hannah Eckstein
as Greta Johnson
Luc DeSchepper
as Karl Johnson
Vinny Argiro
as TV Horror Show Director
Ray Baker
as Doctor
James Reid Boyce
as Theatre Manager
Ben Ryan Ganger
as Angry Kid
Ryan Holihan
as Frantic Usher
Marc Revivo
as High School Punk
Adam Drescher
as 1st Photographer
Ric Mancini
as 2nd Photographer
Daniel Riordan
as Pilot/Strapping Young Man
Lisa Malkiewicz
as Secretary #1
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  • Sep 08, 2016
    Leave it to Tim Burton to direct a film about the "wackiest" filmmaker of all time. But in all seriousness, Ed Wood may very well be the best directing job of Burton's career. It's funny, strange, and rapidly paced. Burton deserves credit. I really love when movies take place within the world of filmmaking, especially during the 1950's. It was just an interesting time to be involved in the film business. Perhaps nobody more interesting than Edward D. Wood Jr. Although apparently much of the film's details were made up for the movie itself, it's hard not to get a kick out of Wood's story. A man stumbles himself into Hollywood with little to no experience, and manages to garner decent budgets to make multiple films, that's Hollywood 101. One of Burton's greatest qualities is the ability to develop a great journey for the characters. Ed Wood has a clear beginning, middle, and end, but it's the stuff along the way that makes for the most entertainment. The sheer absurdity of Wood's story is really where Burton tends to bring out his best work. Watching a man without any real talent as a filmmaker plow his way through studio executives and convince actors to join him in his quest makes it all the more amazing. I mean come on, this guy compares himself to Citizen Kane on multiple occasions. As for the performances, there's almost too many good ones to mention. Johnny Depp, in his second Burton feature, begins to show exactly why he's one of this generation's greatest talents. He easily could have been nominated for an Oscar here. It's also the first real time he played such a uniquely strange character, something he's got himself stuck into doing these days. Martin Landau, who did win an Oscar for his turn as Bela Lugosi, is what makes this film work so well. It can get tiresome watching Wood's undeserved success, but Landau works so impeccably well as a drugged up Lugosi. I couldn't have imagined someone better in that role. The rest of the cast and crew also deserve credit, mostly for succeeding in making such a strangely delicious film. After a while, you begin to go along with the joke of Wood's career. And to look up and see that there's still plenty that isn't falsified makes it all the better. +Unique characters and story +Movie about movies +Burton's tight directing 8.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    An essential film for aspiring filmmakers. This film shows you how you should never make movies for profit and you should make movies because your passionate about the craft. The acting by Johnny Depp was just spell bounding and gives the best performance of his career. Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi was just spectacular and deserved his Best supporting actor Oscar. The film was shot in Black and white which gives the film an old feeling and makes you feel like your going back in time to watch a classic film.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Johnny Depp gives a great characterization of Ed Wood as this cheerful, upbeat, persevering guy that you root for more than you laugh (or cringe) at. The filmmaking and storytelling are well-done, but make no particular impression. Watch Ed Wood mainly for the acting of Johnny Depp and Martin Landau.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2013
    From visionary director Tim Burton comes the fantastical tale of Ed Wood, the best worst director of all time. The film follows Ed Wood's early career making low-budget pictures, and his friendship with horror movie icon Bela Lugosi. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, and Bill Murray, the performances are all really good. And, the cinematography is beautiful; giving the film a rich and surrealist look. Still, the storytelling's a little uneven and doesn't delve too deeply into Wood's passion as a filmmaker. Though there are some weaknesses, Ed Wood is a fond love letter to classic Hollywood and the struggles of B-movie filmmaking.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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