Ed Wood (1994)



Critic Consensus: 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.
Comedy , Drama
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Buena Vista Pictures

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Johnny Depp
as Edward D. Wood Jr.
Bill Murray
as Bunny Breckinridge
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Orson Welles
Martin Landau
as Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Dolores Fuller
Jeffrey Jones
as Criswell
Patricia Arquette
as Kathy O'Hara
Melora Walters
as 2nd Secretary
Vinny Argiro
as TV Horror Show Director
Maurice LaMarche
as Orson Welles [uncredited]
G.D. Spradlin
as Rev. Lemon
Gregory Walcott
as Potential Backer
Mike Starr
as George Weiss
Rance Howard
as Old Man McCoy
Max Casella
as Paul Marco
Ross Manarchy
as Camera Assistant
Norman Alden
as Cameraman Bill
Bill Cusack
as Tony McCoy
Juliet Landau
as Loretta King
Gretchen Becker
as TV Host's Assistant
Ned Bellamy
as Dr. Tom Mason
Carmen Filpi
as Old Crusty Man
Conrad Brooks
as Bartender
Ray Baker
as Doctor
Biff Yeager
as Rude Boss
Don Hood
as Southern Backer
Brent Hinkley
as Conrad Brooks
Mickey Cottrell
as Hammy Alien
Louis Lombardi
as Rental House Manager
Leonard Termo
as Makeup Man Harry
Frank Echols
as Doorman
Ralph Monaco
as Waiter
Danny Dayton
as Soundman
Lisa Marie
as Vampira
Don Amendolia
as Salesman
Ben Ryan Ganger
as Angry Kid
Stanley DeSantis
as Mr. Feldman
Daniel Riordan
as Pilot/Strapping Young Man
Mary Portser
as Backer's Wife
Clive Rosengren
as Ed Reynolds
Jonathan Ross
as Camera Assistant
John Rice
as Conservative Man
George Steele
as Tor Johnson
Charles C. Stevenson Jr.
as Another Backer
Alan Martin
as Vampira's Assistant
King Cotton
as Hick Backer
Reid Cruickshanks
as Stage Guard
Bobby Slayton
as TV show host
Jesse Hernandez
as Wrestling Opponent
Tommy Bertelsen
as Tough Boy
Ric Mancini
as 2nd Photographer
Patti Tippo
as Nurse
Edmund L. Shaff
as 2nd Executive
Lionel Decker
as 1st Executive
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Security Guard
Tommy Bush
as Stage Manager
Ryan Holihan
as Frantic Usher
Vasek Simek
as Professor Strowski
Gene Lebell
as Ring Announcer
Korla Pandit
as Indian Musician
Lisa Malkiewicz
as Secretary #1
Hannah Eckstein
as Greta Johnson
Aaron Nelms
as Teenage Kid
Catherine Butterfield
as Conservative Wife
Marc Revivo
as High School Punk
Adam Drescher
as 1st Photographer
Salwa Mohamed Ali
as Vampira's Girlfriend
Vasek C. Simek
as Professor Strowski
Rodney Kizziah
as Vampira's Friend
Luc DeSchepper
as Karl Johnson
James Reid Boyce
as Theatre Manager
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Critic Reviews for Ed Wood

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (14)

Beguiling rather than thrilling, oddly charming instead of transporting, meaning that Disney will have its work cut out for it with what is at heart a cult movie and a film buff's dream.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
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It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Mr. Depp isn't best known as a comic actor, but he gives a witty and captivating performance, bringing wonderful buoyancy to this crazy role.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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In his finest, funniest, most poignant film to date, Tim Burton plays cinematic alchemist, turning drive-in schlock into movie gold.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Given the finished film, one also has to wonder if Ed Wood was interesting enough to base a two- hour movie on.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ed Wood

"Ed Wood" takes the clumsy filmmaking backstory of Edward D. Wood, and makes it a fantastic film about terrible movies. Tim Burton directs the hell out of this film, and even though it screams his style, he keeps it a little on the down low here, letting the more of the substance out than the style, which is what true stories need. Johnny Depp gives one of his finest performances as the leading man living a dream of making films, while every one of them turn into disasters, because he just does not fully understand the industry. I loved "Ed Wood" from start to finish! The camerawork is unique, the post-production choice of Black and White is perfect, and the direction, along with the script, is just very very good all around. There is nothing wrong with this film whatsoever. It's an amazing little piece of film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Jens S.
Jens S.

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Burton treats his idiosyncratic character with great affection and respect, in a delightful (and very funny) biography that emulates with perfection the visuals of classic horror movies - making us even want to check out Ed Wood's turkeys. Besides, Depp and Landau are magnificent.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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