Ed Wood 1994

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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Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) 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.

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Johnny Depp
Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Martin Landau
Bela Lugosi
G.D. Spradlin
Reverend Lemon
Lisa Marie
Vampira
Bill Murray
John 'Bunny' Breckinridge
Mike Starr
Georgie Weiss
Scott Alexander
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Michael Lehmann
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Howard Shore
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Stefan Czapsky
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Critic Reviews for Ed Wood

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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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