Ed Wood

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Ed Wood (Touchstone Movie)

“Ed Wood” is a biographical comedy-drama film released in 1994, directed by Tim Burton. The movie tells the true story of Edward D. Wood Jr., a filmmaker known as one of the worst directors in Hollywood history, yet also celebrated for his passion and determination in pursuing his dreams.

Johnny Depp portrays the titular character, Ed Wood, an eccentric and aspiring filmmaker with an unshakeable vision to create his own movies, despite his lack of talent and limited resources. The film delves into Ed Wood’s life, starting from his early days as a struggling filmmaker to his rise to fame, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

As Ed Wood embarks on his filmmaking journey, he surrounds himself with an oddball cast of characters, including Bela Lugosi (played by Martin Landau), the faded horror film icon who becomes one of Ed’s closest friends and collaborators. Together, they embark on making a series of low-budget, campy horror and science fiction films that have since gained cult status.

“Ed Wood” not only highlights the struggles and failures of its protagonist but also celebrates his passion, creativity, and resilience. Despite the ridicule and setbacks he faces, Ed Wood never gives up on his dream, and the film ultimately becomes an inspiring tale of following one’s passion and artistic vision.

Tim Burton’s direction captures the essence of Ed Wood’s eccentricity and the colorful world of 1950s Hollywood. The film pays homage to the Golden Age of B-movies, with its black-and-white cinematography and quirky style reminiscent of the films of that era.

Johnny Depp’s performance as Ed Wood is remarkable, capturing the filmmaker’s enthusiasm, optimism, and vulnerability. Martin Landau’s portrayal of Bela Lugosi earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, adding to the film’s critical acclaim.

“Ed Wood” is a unique and entertaining biopic that showcases the world of a passionate and eccentric filmmaker who defied all odds to leave his mark on Hollywood. With its blend of humor, drama, and nostalgia, the film offers an endearing and insightful look into the life of a true Hollywood outsider.

Additional Details


  • Johnny Depp: Ed Wood
  • Martin Landau: Bela Lugosi
  • Sarah Jessica Parker: Dolores Fuller
  • Patricia Arquette: Kathy O’Hara
  • Lisa Marie: Maila Nurmi / Vampira
  • Jeffrey Jones: The Amazing Criswell
  • Max Casella and Brent Hinkley: Paul Marco and Conrad Brooks
  • Bill Murray: John “Bunny” Breckinridge
  • George “The Animal” Steele: Tor Johnson
  • Juliet Landau: Loretta King
  • Ned Bellamy: Tom Mason
  • Mike Starr: George Weiss
  • Stanley DeSantis: Mr. Feldman
  • Rance Howard: Old Man McCoy
  • Vincent D’Onofrio: Orson Welles
  • G.D. Spradlin: Reverend Lemon


  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton
  • Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

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