Melvin and Howard Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for Melvin and Howard the Movie

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Story of Melvin Dummar, who once gave Howard Hughes a ride. Dummar later claimed a share of Hughes's will. Significant for Demme's direction and fine acting from Steenburgen/LeMat, and Robards in a small role as Hughes. Offbeat and very funny.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 95 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Thumbs Up
Bo Goldman
Paul LeMat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Michael J. Pollard, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Cheshire, Pamela Reed, Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith
Tak Fujimoto
Jonathan Demme
Bruce Langhorne
Art Linson, Don Phillips, Mark Huffam


Oscars 1980: Orig. Screenplay, Support. Actress (Steenburgen); Golden Globes 1981: Support. Actress (Steenburgen); L.A. Film Critics 1980: Support. Actress (Steenburgen); N.Y. Film Critics 1980: Director (Demme), Screenplay, Support. Actress (Steenburgen); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1980: Film, Screenplay, Support. Actress (Steenburgen); Writers Guild 1980: Orig. Screenplay.

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