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Ed Wood

Friday the 14th of October

Really? Worst film you ever saw. Well, my next one will be better. Hello. Hello.
--Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Johnny Depp)

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USA: 1994 -- Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
Starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray and Vincent D'Onofrio

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?
--Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Welles


Edward D. Wood Jr. was an actor writer-director-producer, occasionally in drag, who combined meager bursts of talent with an undying optimism to create some of the most bizarrely memorable "B" movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Though Wood died in obscurity as an alcoholic in 1978, his films have been considered cult classics for years. He is consistently voted the worst director who ever lived. You would think this an odd subject, but director Tim Burton harnesses the undying hopefulness that made Wood such a character. Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylized, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Wood's films and his unconventional life. Burton's recreation of Wood's wonderfully awful Plan 9 from Outer Space looks much better than the original low-budget quickie. Burton tackled an extremely strange subject matter for a biopic, but Wood is presented as naive almost to the point of delusion, so the story works. The pace sags in the middle, as the weirdness starts to wear thin, but Depp proves himself an adroit actor, even while wearing angora and a blonde wig. Wood's unconventional repertoire company is faithfully reproduced, including an Academy Award-winning Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. Landau is pathetic, droll, and charismatic as the elderly junkie who made his last screen appearances in Wood's films.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and an Angora sweater.


Awards

Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Martin Landau) and for Best Makeup.

Won Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Martin Landau).

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Johnny Depp)

Ranks #184 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: My girlfriend still doesn't know why her sweaters are always stretched out.

Bela Lugosi: This is the most uncomfortable coffin I've ever been in.

Bela Lugosi: How dare that asshole bring up Karloff? You think it takes talent to do Frankenstein? It's all makeup and grunting.

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Listen, hit the bars, work some parties, and get me transvestites. I need transvestites. All right. Bye.
Bela Lugosi: Eddie, what kind of a movie is this?

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Trivia

This film cost more to produce than all of Edward D. Wood Jr.'s films put together.

The first (and, by 2005, the only) Tim Burton film not to feature a score by Danny Elfman.

Conrad Brooks, one of Wood's regulars as an actor, is both a character (portrayed by Brent Hinkley) and an actor (playing the bartender in the bar where Wood meets Orson Welles).

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Goofs

Bela says he hasn't "worked in four years" when in fact he had made two films, Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952) and Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952).

At the premiere of "Bride of the Monster", a man can be heard shouting "Mr. Landau!"

Anachronisms: The sign on the "Screen Classics" building is designed in the Chicago font, which was designed by Apple Computer in 1983, thirty years after the film takes place.

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