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Glen or Glenda?


Edward D. Wood Jr.

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Plot Summary

He loved women so much, he dared to dress like one! Ed Wood strikes again. The true story of a man whose lust for women drove him to be as close to a woman as he could by trying to become one. The first film based on the strange tastes of legendary filmmaker Ed Wood, Jr., and a sordid plea for acceptance in the world of bondage and the sexually confused, decades before "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and TV's "Ellen." GLEN OR GLENDA? stars famous horror icon Bela Lugosi as the "puppet master" and Ed himself in the role of Glen/Glenda. It also marks the screen debut of Wood's main squeeze at the time, Dolores Fuller, who went on to become one of Elvis's star songwriters. An important film document about the early career of a man years ahead of his time. Wildly entertaining!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 3.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It isn't quite a camp classic, although it's dreadful enough to have a certain comic appeal. ''Glen or Glenda'' is also a film of great conviction in its way, and that tends to interfere with the fun. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: This well-meaning disaster, rescued from the obscurity it surely craves, is without doubt a candidate for one of the worst films ever made. – Time Out, Jan 8, 2008

Rotten: Even in the camp cult genres this is still dreadful. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the most bizarre movies ever

Although it's certainly not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, Glen or Glenda is without a doubt, a classic film. It's strange, disjointed and inept but that's the fun of it. This is Ed Wood's first film (he would later go on to make the infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space) and it was his attempt to explain his "pleasures" to the world. While it is at times boring and at others ridiculous, Ed's love of cinema and desire to create a good movie is apparent and for that I give him credit. If nothing else, see it for Bela Lugosi. This was one of his final performances and features such infamous quotes as "Pull the string!" as well as his "Big green dragon" monologue. Overall, this movie is very poorly made but enjoyable nonetheless, much like Ed Wood's other movies.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1953

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