Melvin and Howard Poster

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: October 12th, 1999

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Jack Kehoe, Pamela Reed, Dabney Coleman, Michael J. Pollard, Gloria Grahame

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Underdog, Transformation, Offbeat, 1970s, Amusing, Judge, Wife, 1960s

Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture