Ed Wood (1994)

126m (Germany; Sweden), 127m (Argentina; USA), 135m (Finland; Italy)
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
Dolby Digital, English

An American biopic with science fiction elements directed by Tim Burton.

Plot Summary

Struggling film-maker and cross-dresser Edward D. Wood Jr falls in with an unlikely crowd of marginals and eccentrics on his way to making his masterpiece, the unforgettable Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958). Along the way, he makes other strange movies and strikes up a friendship with the then all-but-forgotten horror icon, Bela Lugosi.


Directed by: Tim Burton
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Touchstone Pictures presents a Burton/Di Novi production. A Tim Burton film. This picture was created by Casual Pictures Inc. for purposes of copyright law in the United Kingdom. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
Executive Producer: Michael Lehmann
Produced by: Denise Di Novi, Tim Burton
Co-producer: Michael Flynn
Written by: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
Based on the book “Nightmare of Ecstacy” by Rudolph Grey published by Feral House
Director of Photography: Stefan Czapsky
Film Editor: Chris Lebenzon
Music by: Howard Shore
Production Sound: Edward Tise
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
Key Makeup Artist: Ve Neill
Key Hairstylist: Yolanda Toussieng
Bela Lugosi Makeup Designed and Created by: Rick Baker
Special Effects Coordinator: Howard Jensen
Special Effects: J. Kevin Pike
Motion Control Photography & Special Visual Effects by: Boyington Film Productions, Inc.
Octopus by: Sota Effects
Production Designer: Tom Duffield

Johnny Depp (Ed Wood)
Martin Landau (Bela Lugosi)
Sarah Jessica Parker (Dolores Fuller)
Patricia Arquette (Kathy O'Hara)
Jeffrey Jones (Criswell)
G.D. Spradlin (Reverend Lemon)
Vincent D'Onofrio (Orson Welles)
Lisa Marie (Vampira)
Bill Murray (Bunny Breckenridge)
Mike Starr (Georgie Weiss)
Max Casella (Paul Marco)
Brent Hinkley (Conrad Brooks)
George “The Animal” Steele (Tor Johnson)
Juliet Landau (Loretta King)
Clive Rosengren (Ed Reynolds)
Norman Alden (cameraman Bill)
Leonard Termo (make up man Harry)
Ned Bellamy (Dr Tom Mason)
Danny Dayton (sound man)
John Ross (camera assistant)
Bill Cusack (Tony McCoy)

See also
Bride of the Monster (1956)
Dracula (1931)
Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994)
Frankenstein (1931)
Glen or Glenda (1953)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
White Zombie (1932)

Extracts included in
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)



  • Cinema 29 June 1995 – review (Bert Buellmann)
  • epd Film vol.12 no.7 (1 July 1995) p.34 – review (by Sabine Horst)
  • FilmMagasinet August/September 1995 p.23 – review (by Geir Kamsvaag)
  • Première July 1995 p.40 – review (Christian Jauberty)
  • Shivers no.18 p.17 – review
  • Studio June 1995 p.15 – review (by Laurent Tirard)
  • Studio Special Cannes 1995 p.35 – review (by Michel Rebichon)


  • Diário de Notícias 31 March 2000 p.63 – review
  • O Independente, Vida 2 June 1995 – review (by Fernando Caetano)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 2 June 1995 – review (Filmhistoriens evige förlorare by Jan Söderqvist)