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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. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Cast

Johnny DeppEd Wood
Martin LandauBela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica ParkerDolores Fuller
Patricia ArquetteKathy O'Hara
Jeffrey JonesCriswell
G.D. SpradlinReverend Lemon
Vincent D'OnofrioOrson Welles
Bill MurrayBunny Breckinridge
Mike StarrGeorgie Weiss
Max CasellaPaul Marco
Brent HinkleyConrad Brooks
LIsa MarieVampira
George "The Animal" SteeleTor Johnson
Juliet LandauLoretta King
Clive RosengrenEd Reynolds
Norman AldenCameraman Bill
Leonard TermoMakeup Man Harry
Ned BellamyDr. Tom Mason
Danny DaytonSoundman
Ross ManarchyCamera Assistant (as John Ross)
Bill CusackTony McCoy
Aaron NelmsTeenage Kid
Biff YeagerRude Boss
Joseph R. GannascoliSecurity Guard
Carmen FilpiOld Crusty Man
Lisa MalkiewiczSecretary #1
Melora WaltersSecretary #2
Conrad BrooksBartender
Don AmendoliaSalesman
Tommy BertelsenTough Boy
Reid CruickshanksStage Guard
Stanley DesantisMr. Feldman (as Stanley Desantis)
Lionel DeckerExecutive #1
Edmund L. ShaffExecutive #2
Gene LeBellRing Announcer
Jesse HernandezWrestling Opponent
Bobby SlaytonTV Show Host
Gretchen BeckerTV Host's Assistant
John RiceConservative Man
Catherine ButterfieldConservative Wife
Mary PortserBacker's Wife
King CottonHick Backer
Don HoodSouthern Backer
Frank EcholsDoorman
Matthew BarryValet
Ralph MonacoWaiter
Anthony RussellBusboy
Tommy BushStage Manager
Gregory WalcottPotential Backer
Charles C. Stevenson Jr.Another Backer
Rance HowardOld Man McCoy

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Producer: Touchstone Pictures
  • Length: 127 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 28, 1994
    EuropeMay 26, 1995
    JapanSep 2, 1995
    AustraliaJun 29, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 18, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 19, 2004
    EuropeOct 14, 2002
    JapanAug 21, 2002
    AustraliaMay 5, 2010
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