Melvin and Howard (1980)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Drama | Road Movie | History


The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

Length 95 minutes


Dabney Coleman | Brendan Kelly | Charles Napier | Pamela Reed | Joe Spinell | Sonny Carl Davis | Cheryl Smith | Michael J. Pollard | Melvin E. Dummar | Chip Taylor | Mary Steenburgen | Elizabeth Cheshire | Paul Le Mat | Jason Robards

Viewing Notes

Another gem from Chicago Film Society! I’m a sucker for Howard Hughes movies and this one is damn fun even if he’s barely in the story, which I didn’t know was a true story. So much to enjoy in this. Everything here feels so authentic. Mary Steenburgen is the MVP but I like the lovable loser portrayed by Paul Le Mat. Super cool to see oe Spinell pop up in a cameo as the strip club owner.


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