Director: Tim Burton Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, G.D. Spradlin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bill Murray, Mike Starr, Max Casella, Brent Hinkley, Lisa Marie, George Steele, Juliet Landau, Clive Rosengren
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Martin Landau); Best Makeup
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.
Did You Know? Displeased with Vincent D’Onofrio, Tim Burton had his voice dubbed by Maurice LaMarche.
Quotables: BELA LUGOSI: This is the most uncomfortable coffin I’ve ever been in.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This very Tim Burton-y take on the inaccurate perception and abominable treatment of LGBTQIA people in the 1950’s pays homage to the work of Edward D. Wood Jr., lauded as Hollywood’s worst director, as he struggles to gain acceptance as a cross-dresser as well as funding for his bad B movies. The film is eccentric and over-the-top in true Tim Burton fashion, and I liked it a lot. Martin Landau’s performance was both delightful and tragic, well deserving of his Oscar.
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