Ed Wood Poster

Release Date: September 28th, 1994

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

R|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) 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.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, G.D. Spradlin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lisa Marie

Director: Tim Burton

Genres: Comedy drama, Biography

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Love, Underdog, Girlfriend, Creative, 1950s, Friendship, Moving, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • One of those rare films that communicates the exquisite joy of the moviemaking process. [7 October 1994, Friday, p.B]

  • Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D]

  • What Burton has made is a film which celebrates Wood more than it mocks him, and which celebrates, too, the zany spirit of 1950s exploitation films - in which a great title, a has-been star and a lurid ad campaign were enough to get bookings for some of the oddest films ever made. show more

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Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Makeup