Melvin and Howard
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Jonathan Demme's breakthrough movie featured the shaggy energy and affection for marginal American eccentrics that marked his earlier Citizens Band (1977) and such later films as Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988). Melvin Dummar (Paul LeMat) is a barely-getting-by Nevada milkman. One day in the early 1970s, while driving down a lonely highway, Melvin picks up a shaggy, bearded bum (Jason Robards Jr.) and offers him a ride into town. Melvin gives the bum a quarter at the end of the ride, and that, so far as Melvin is concerned, is that. The story goes off on a new tangent,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shambling yet delicate, Demme's screwball tall tale gazes at TV contests and novelty ballads and sees not derisive kitsch but the warm connective tissue of human yearning"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Some great, reverberant moments."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Very few movies are set so convincingly in America's working class. I believed, and liked, Melvin Dummar, milkman of the month, bargainer in good faith with the universe."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"A limp biopic with wooden performances and an uninteresting premise."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The film offers a bittersweet commentary about chasing the American Dream of monetary success abd mobility and the constant attempt to rise above one's situation by naive and optimistic charcaters, not fully aware of their class limitations."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Top-notch screwball drama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"The most engaging portrayal of Howard Hughes on film is not by Howard Hughes -- it's by Jason Robards, Jr. in Melvin and Howard."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"Delightful in the affection it shows for its characters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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