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FULL SYNOPSIS

Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker's Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi's final soliloquy -- an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor's life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood's own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film -- at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening -- and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:September 28, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Howard Shore Best Music Score 1993 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Stefan Czapsky Best Cinematography 1993 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Stefan Czapsky Best Cinematography 1994 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Stefan Czapsky Best Cinematography 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ve Neill Best Makeup 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Yolanda Toussieng Best Makeup 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Johnny Depp Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1994 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1993 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Landau Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1994 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1994 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Baker Best Makeup 1994 Winner

Cast

Johnny Depp
as Ed Wood
Martin Landau
as Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette
as Kathy O'Hara
Bill Murray
as Bunny Breckinridge
Jeffrey Jones
as Criswell
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Orson Welles
Lisa Marie
as Vampira
G.D. Spradlin
as Reverend Lemon
Max Casella
as Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley
as Conrad Brooks
Juliet Landau
as Loretta King
Victoria Thomas
Mike Starr
as Georgie Weiss
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
Jonathan Ross
as Camera Assistant
Biff Yeager
as Rude Boss
Carmen Filpi
as Old Crusty Man
Melora Walters
as Secretary #2
Conrad Brooks
as Bartender
Don Amendolia
as Salesman
Reid Cruickshanks
as Stage Guard
Stanley de Santis
as Mr. Feldman
Edmund L. Shaff
as Executive #2
Gene Lebell
as Ring Announcer
Gretchen Becker
as TV Host's Assistant
Mary Portser
as Backer's Wife
King Cotton
as Hick Backer
Don Hood
as Southern Backer
Matthew Barry
as Valet
Ralph Monaco
as Waiter
Anthony Russell
as Busboy
Gregory Walcott
as Potential Backer
Rance Howard
as Old Man McCoy
Vasek Simek
as Professor Strowski
Korla Pandit
as Indian Musician
Vinny Argiro
as TV Horror Show Director
Patti Tippo
as Nurse
Ray Baker
as Doctor
Ryan Holihan
as Frantic Usher
Charlie Holliday
as Tourist
Ric Mancini
as Photographer #2
Mickey Cottrell
as Hammy Alien
Maurice LaMarche
as Orson Welles [uncredited]
Louis Lombardi
as Rental House Manager
Bobby Slayton
as TV show host
Lisa Malkiewicz
Ralph Monaco
as Waiter
Vasek Simek
as Professor Strowski
Maurice LaMarche
as Orson Welles [uncredited]
Rance Howard
as Old Man McCoy
Patti Tippo
as Nurse
Carmen Filpi
as Old Crusty Man
Ric Mancini
as Photographer #2
Charlie Holliday
as Tourist
Gene Lebell
as Ring Announcer
Norman Alden
as Cameraman Bill
Gretchen Becker
as TV Host's Assistant
Ray Baker
as Doctor
Don Hood
as Southern Backer
Leonard Termo
as Makeup Man Harry
Mickey Cottrell
as Hammy Alien
Melora Walters
as Secretary #2
Gregory Walcott
as Potential Backer
Mary Portser
as Backer's Wife
Matthew Barry
as Valet
King Cotton
as Hick Backer
Don Amendolia
as Salesman
Bobby Slayton
as TV show host
Anthony Russell
as Busboy
Korla Pandit
as Indian Musician
Ned Bellamy
as Dr. Tom Mason
Conrad Brooks
as Bartender
Danny Dayton
as Soundman
Louis Lombardi
as Rental House Manager
Mike Starr
as Georgie Weiss
Clive Rosengren
as Ed Reynolds
Vinny Argiro
as TV Horror Show Director
Biff Yeager
as Rude Boss
Ryan Holihan
as Frantic Usher
Edmund L. Shaff
as Executive #2
Reid Cruickshanks
as Stage Guard
Stanley de Santis
as Mr. Feldman
Jonathan Ross
as Camera Assistant

Crew

Tim Burton
Director
Tim Burton
Producer
Denise Di Novi
Producer
Larry Karaszewski
Screenwriter
Scott Alexander
Screenwriter
Rudolph Grey
Book Author
Stefan Czapsky
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Lebenzon
Editor
Michael Polaire
Production Designer
Richard Hoover
Production Designer
Michael Flynn
Co-producer
Michael Lehmann
Executive Producer
Bruce Hill
Set Designer
Christopher S. Nushawg
Set Designer
Cricket Rowland
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Edward Tise
Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Topoozian
First Assistant Director
Richard Hoover
Consultant/advisor
Victoria Thomas
Casting
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