An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.

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Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. 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. Written by Jwelch5742

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When it came to making bad movies, Ed Wood was the best. See more »


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Rated R for some strong language | See all certifications »

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7 October 1994 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,887,457 (USA)
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Martin Landau's winning of the "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" Academy Award, for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi, marked the first time in Oscar history, that a performer in any category, won for playing an actual movie star. A decade passed before this happened again; when Cate Blanchett took the "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" trophy for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004). See more »

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Ed Wood and Orson Welles never met. See more »

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Edward D. Wood, Jr.: This story's gonna grab people. It's about this guy, he's crazy about this girl, but he likes to wear dresses. Should he tell her? Should he not tell her? He's torn, Georgie. This is drama.
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References Big Jim McLain (1952) See more »

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Ballet music from 'Swan Lake', Opus 20
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By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Best of Burton-Depp
21 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Without question it's Tim Burton's best, most complete work and Johnny Depp is superb. Perhaps it's the total understanding of his subject that allows Tim Burton to fly so high here. The beautifully tailored script gives room for some exquisite character drawings, Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Wells. "When you re-write a script it gets better and better" tells Ed/Johnny to his girlfriend with a smile full of innocence. What a performance! Johnny Depp is a unique kind of actor, we never had anyone quite like him. How can he manage to disappear behind a character and still bring with him his full bag of tricks, I don't know, but he does. I only wish he wouldn't get lost in mediocrities like "Nick of Time" "The Astronaut's Wife" and "Secret Window" He belongs to the world of real, great filmmakers. Better to risk with an original idea by Emir Kusturica than a "safe", tired, Stephen King thing. Johnny, remember, we're looking at you for clues about ourselves. More Ed Woods , please!


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