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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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Ed Wood

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

Ed Wood [is] a comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.

November 8, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Burton imitates Wood 's films brilliantly, and Wood 's chaotic lifestyle is brought to the screen with brio.

March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

October 5, 2008

It certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.

May 12, 2001 | Rating: 3/4

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

Super Reviewer


review coming.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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