Ed Wood

September 28th, 1994


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The mostly true story of the legendary director of awful movies and his strange group of friends and actors.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 8.0/10 (94,682 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker

The life of 'Edward D. Wood Jr.' , hailed as the worst director (of

Writers: Rudolph Grey, Scott Alexander

Johnny Depp - Ed Wood
Martin Landau - Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker - Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette - Kathy O'Hara
Jeffrey Jones - Criswell
G.D. Spradlin - Reverend Lemon
Vincent D'Onofrio - Orson Welles
Bill Murray - Bunny Breckinridge
Mike Starr - Georgie Weiss
Max Casella - Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley - Conrad Brooks
Lisa Marie - Vampira
George 'The Animal' Steele - Tor Johnson
Juliet Landau - Loretta King
Clive Rosengren - Ed Reynolds

Taglines: When it came to making bad movies, Ed Wood was the best.

Release Date: 28 September 1994

Filming Locations: Alverno High School - 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,900,000 (USA) (2 October 1994)

Gross: $5,887,457 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The musical cue when Ed goes to help the suicidal Lugosi (when Lugosi falls in the chair) and Ed is repeatedly watching the film clip of Lugosi smelling the flower is an adaptation of the 2nd Act theme from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as adapted for the Main Title of Bela Lugosi's Dracula by Heinz Roemheld. It was also used as the main title for Boris Karloff's original The Mummy.

Factual errors: As a sight gag, during the premiere of Plan 9 from Outer Space, Tor Johnson is shown sitting with his wife and two very chubby children. In reality, by the time "Plan 9" was made, Tor's son, Karl, was an adult working as a police officer. Karl had supplied the uniforms and police car for the production of "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

Criswell: [First lines] Greetings, my friends! You are interested in the unknown. The mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing you the full story of what happened. We are giving you all the evidence based only on the secret testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, places. My friends, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Can your heart stand the shocking facts of the true story of Edward D. Wood Jr.?

User Review

An Unlikely Masterpiece


I hear that ED WOOD took just $6,000,000 on its initial cinematic release in the USA. I'm not surprised. The extraordinary thing is that the film was financed and released at all. Had it not been for the prestige that Tim Burton had already earned from his previous projects, ED WOOD would no doubt have foundered long before the cameras began to roll. The result could have been another 1941 – but it wasn't. What came out of Tim Burton's fascination with the `Worst Director of All Time' was something very rich and strange – perhaps the most un-Hollywood Hollywood picture of the 90s.

I see two main themes in ED WOOD. The first is the dreadful fear that hovers over everyone who enters the creative arts – `Am I any good?' `Is my work any good?' `How do I know if it's any good?' `What if I think it's good, but everybody else thinks it's rubbish?' Artists use all kinds of strategies to deal with these fears – some become eccentric, others arrogant, others diffident. Without the right to fail, no artist is likely to take the sort of risk that sometimes, just sometimes, leads to great work. Tim Burton knew this.

Edward D Wood Jnr believed himself to be a creative artist. Oh, how he believed. But he still failed to create anything worthwhile. And this leads to what I believe to be the second theme of the movie, and the reason why I think it failed commercially.

Look at all the things Ed did right. He believed in himself. He followed his dream. He worked hard. He was an entrepreneur – he did his best to make others believe in his dream and help him to turn it into reality. In short, he did all the things that the self-help books, the daytime TV shows, the junk ballads and the feel-good movies tell us will give you success. Just wish upon a star, work all the hours there are to turn your vision into reality and you will succeed. Ed did all of these things. And still he failed. He died short of his 60th birthday, living in a crime-riddled apartment building, drunk, broke, supporting himself and his loyal wife Kathy by writing formula pornography and making sex instruction flicks on 8mm.

America doesn't want to hear this. Hollywood doesn't want to tell America this – that you can try and try and try and still get nothing but heartbreak. This is why ED WOOD is such an un-Hollywood film – and why it's one of the best Hollywood films of the 90s.