Born on July 26th, 1922
From Chicago, Illinois
A biblical orator (Kirk Douglas) opposes a liberal lawyer (Jason Robards) defending a man for teaching Darwinism in the 1920s South.
Andrei Sakharov (Jason Robards) is an acclaimed nuclear physicist living in Moscow. Though he leads the development of Russia's hydrogen bomb, Andrei becomes politically disillusioned as tensions between the U.S.S.R. and the United States continue to rise. He willfully jeopardizes his career by speaking out against his government's oppression of the Russian people, and is eventually demoted. Unfazed, Andrei publishes essays critical of the Soviet government, and is exiled to a small city.
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.