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Ed Wood

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Time Out says

Burton's biopic of the man often described as the world's worst film-maker (Glen or Glenda, Plan Nine from Outer Space, etc) may offer a somewhat favourably distorted account of the man and his films - it ends before his slide into porn, penury and alcoholism and, while recreating certain scenes from Wood's work with astonishing accuracy, manages to avoid showing his most tiresomely nonsensical sequences - but it certainly succeeds as a funny, touching tribute to tenacity, energy, ambition and friendship. Affection shines through warm and bright, aided no end by

Stefan Czapsky

's evocative b/w camerawork, and by a host of spot-on lookalike performances. Landau, especially, is superb, bringing fire, acid, pathos, wit and real dignity to the role of the pitiful, occasionally deranged former horror hero Bela Lugosi; and, in the film's most conspicuous, outrageous but surprisingly appropriate bit of fictionalisation,

Vincent D'Onofrio

makes a notably beleaguered Welles. Depp himself, all innocence, bright-eyed zeal and itchy obsession, never really lets us get beneath Wood's skin, but gives such a good-natured performance that it's hard not to end up rooting for someone who was talentless, naive and misguided in virtually everything he did.

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Release Details

  • Duration:127 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tim Burton
  • Screenwriter:Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
  • Cast:
    • Juliet Landau
    • Bill Murray
    • Jeffrey Jones
    • Patricia Arquette
    • Brent Hinkley
    • Vincent D'Onofrio
    • Max Casella
    • Lisa Marie
    • George 'The Animal' Steele
    • Martin Landau
    • GD Spradlin
    • Johnny Depp
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Mike Starr
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