|Tim Burton Director||previously directed Batman Returns|
Ed Wood is an Academy Award-winning comedic-drama biopic directed by Tim Burton. The film was released on September 30, 1994 to critical acclaim, but was a "Box Office Bomb" grossing just slightly under six million.
Tim Burton said that he was drawn to the story because of the similarities between Edward D. Wood Jr.'s relationship with Bela Lugosi and his own friendship with Vincent Price late in the actor's life.4 More Trivia
Orson Welles to Ed Wood: I'm supposed to direct a thriller for Universal. They want Charlton Heston to play a Mexican!1 More Movie Reference
Whose crazy idea was it to bury him in the cape?
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I heard it was in the will. It was how he wanted to be remembered.
|Rudolph Grey||Author: Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr.|
|Johnny Depp||Edward 'Ed' D. Wood, Jr.|
|Martin Landau||Bela Lugosi|
|Sarah Jessica Parker||Dolores Fuller|
|Patricia Arquette||Kathy O'Hara|
|G.D. Spradlin||Reverend Lemon|
|Bill Murray||Bunny Breckinridge|
|Mike Starr||Georgie Weiss|
|Max Casella||Paul Marco|
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The film opens, much like Wood's 1959 picture Plan 9 From Outer Space , with psychic Criswell, played by Jeffery Jones, rising from a coffin to deliver the overly dramatic opening line "Can your heart stand the true facts of the shocking story... of Edward D. Wood Junior?"
Edward D. Wood, Jr. is struggling to join the film industry. At a performance of his new play, The Casual Company, the press fail to turn up despite it being press night and there is only a handful of inattentive people in the audience. At a bar after the play Ed and his entourage are disheartened to read a scathing newspaper review of the play by Victor Crowley. Ed encourages them to stay positive and assures them that "we are doing great things!" Later though, Ed privately admits to his girlfriend Dolores Fuller, played by Sarah Jessica Parker , his fears that he may not be able to succeed in the industry.
The writers of the film Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, originally conceived the idea to make biopic of Edward D. Wood, Jr. when they were students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In his sophomore year at USC, Alexander proposed the idea of a documentary about Wood in titled The Man in the Angora Sweater, but Karaszewski figured, "there would be no one on the planet Earth who would make this movie or want to make this movie, because these aren't the sort of movies that are made." Irritated at being thought of solely as writers for family films for their work on Problem Child and Problem Child 2, Alexander and Karaszewski wrote a 10-page film treatment for Ed Wood and pitched the idea to Heathers director Michael Lehmann, with whom they were at USC film school. Lehmann presented their treatment to his producer on Heathers, Denise Di Novi. Di Novi had previously worked with Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a deal was struck with Lehmann as director and Burton and Di Novi producing.
Burton began reading Nightmare of Ecstasy and some of Woods' letters. He was taken by how Wood "wrote about his films as if he was making Citizen Kane, you know, whereas other people perceived them as, like, the worst movies ever". Burton admitted to having always been a fan of Ed Wood, which is the main reason way the biopic is filmed with an aggrandizing bias borne of his admiration rather than derision of Wood's work.
Ed Wood had it's limited release on September 30, 1994, with The movie's wide release on October 7, 1994. In it's opening weekend, the movie grossed $1,903,768. The movie grossed much less than the production budget of $18,000,000, the movie had a net loss of $12,112,54 and was declared a Box Office Bomb.
Although the movie failed at the Box Office, it went on to receive critical acclaim. Mainstream critics enjoyed Ed Wood, with an average score of 7.9/10. Robert Ebert gave a positive review - "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."
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