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Ed Wood Poster
Released Runtime Category
1994 127 Comedy, Drama
Director Language
Tim Burton English
Actors
Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Landau, Bill Murray, Mike Starr

Ed Wood

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What's it About

Fledgling LA director, Ed Wood (Depp), has a perverse passion for putting on god-awful plays featuring a company of outcasts and nobodies  like transvestite-to-be Bunny Breckinridge (Murray) and Ed's tolerant girlfriend, Dolores Fuller (Parker). Undaunted by failure, Wood  a secret cross-dresser himself — finally gets a shot at directing a low-budget film for B-movie producer George Weiss (Mike Starr). But Wood's biggest boost comes when he meets and befriends his idol, Bela Lugosi (Landau), now an aging, drug-addicted has-been. 

Why we love it

This suitably quirky, beautifully acted homage to real-life B-movie hack Ed Wood, creator of "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and other bizarre turkeys, could have played the facts of his strange life strictly for laughs. Instead, Burton portrays this oddball visionary with extraordinary warmth and kindred sympathy, in effect honoring the outlandishly awful movies he made. Depp is marvelous in the lead role, giving Wood a bit of mad naiveté as he fumbles his way through Hollywood's lower depths. And Landau's crabby performance as the ailing, morphine-addled Lugosi won him an Oscar. Filmed in glorious black-and-white, "Ed Wood" is a droll, endearing tribute to an artless wonder. 

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