Melvin And Howard

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(out of 5)


Driving through the Nevada desert in the middle of the night, a down on his luck Melvin Dummar () picks up a penniless old man () and gives him a lift into Las Vegas. He laughs when Robards tells him that he is millionaire Howard Hughes and insists he was happy to give him the ride anyway, but is quite surprised when Hughes dies and leaves a huge fortune to Dummar in his will. Having spent years feeling like a loser who couldn’t keep a job down for long, Dummar has now hit the jackpot, but the pot of gold remains beyond his grasp when Hughes’s estate lawyers decide the will to be a fraud and the terms within it unacceptable. This excellent meditation on the American Dream and its unavailability to those are deemed undeserving is an insightful character study that benefits from some excellent performances.  makes a huge splash with her adorable, Oscar-winning performance as Dummar’s first wife, while  lends terrific support as his second. Demme has made a career out of films about people who are sympathetic no matter what their situation; here he does the trick by making a film based on fact that isn’t concerned with the validity of the story (no one really knows if Dummar’s claim about giving Hughes a ride is actually true) but with the effect it has on this ordinary Joe’s completely extraordinary life.


USA, 1980

Directed by

Screenplay by Bo Goldman

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards:  1980

Boston Film Critics Awards:  1980

Golden Globe Awards:  1980

Los Angeles Film Critics:  1980

 

National Board Of Review Awards:  1980

National Society of Film Critics Awards:  1980

New York Film Critics Awards:  1980

Venice Film Festival:  1980

Writers Guild Awards:  1980


MelvinAndHoward

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