A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time, Tim Burton's Ed Wood is nevertheless a delightful, zany, and ultimately moving film. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? (1953) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled. His friendship with the aging, drug-addicted, former film star Bela Lugosi--who he cast in his movies--is one of the most poignant characters ever portrayed on film. Wood had an infectious enthusiasm which inspired his cohorts, including transsexual wannabe Bunny (Murray), the psychic Criswell (Jeffrey Jones), and behemoth wrestler Tor Johnson (George The Animal Steele).
Tim Burton, Patricia Arquette, Melora Walters, Clive Rosengren, Conrad Brooks, Juliet Landau, Danny Dayton, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Landau, Ned Bellamy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Starr, Bill Cusack, Biff Yeager, Lisa Marie, Joseph R. Gannascoli, G.D. Spradlin, Max Casella, Bill Murray, Johnny Depp