Melvin and Howard

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1980
  • Running time: 95 min
When luckless dreamer Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) rescues a grizzled, half-dead man (Jason Robards) from the desert, he's skeptical of the man's claim that he's actually reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. But in the wake of Hughes' death a decade... read more

When luckless dreamer Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) rescues a grizzled, half-dead man (Jason Robards) from the desert, he's skeptical of the man's claim that he's actually reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. But in the wake of Hughes' death a decade later, a will appears naming Melvin the recipient of $156 million, and a media circus ensues. Accused of forgery, Melvin vigorously maintains his innocence despite a strong intuition that he'll never see any of the money.

Original Release

09/19/1980

US Release

09/19/1980

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Cast

Jason Robards Howard Hughes
Paul Le Mat Melvin Dummar
Mary Steenburgen Lynda Dummar
Michael J. Pollard Little Red
Chip Taylor Clark Taylor
John Glover 2nd Attorney (Freese)
Elizabeth Cheshire Darcy Dummar
Melvin E. Dummar Bus Depot Counterman
Cheryl Smith Patient Ronnie
Sonny Carl Davis Milkman George
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jonathan Demme

Writers

Bo Goldman

Cast

Jason Robards Howard Hughes
Paul Le Mat Melvin Dummar
Mary Steenburgen Lynda Dummar
Michael J. Pollard Little Red
Chip Taylor Clark Taylor
John Glover 2nd Attorney (Freese)
Elizabeth Cheshire Darcy Dummar
Melvin E. Dummar Bus Depot Counterman
Cheryl Smith Patient Ronnie
Sonny Carl Davis Milkman George
Brendan Kelly Milkman Ralph
Pamela Reed Bonnie Dummar
Charlene Holt Mrs. Worth
Joe Spinell Go-Go Club Owner #2
Dabney Coleman Judge Keith Hayes
Charles Napier Ventura
Denise Galik Lucy
Gene Borkan Go-Go Club Owner #1
Lesley Margret Burton Go-Go Dancer
Wendy Lee Couch Go-Go Dancer

Producers

Editors

Craig McKay

1981 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1981 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1981 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1981 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Won
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