Melvin and Howard
Melvin and Howard (1980)

Outside Las Vegas, truck driver, milkman and aspiring songwriter Melvin Dummar gives a ride to a desert drifter who claims to be billionaire Howard Hughes. Several years later, Melvin produces a will that names him as an heir to the Hughes… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

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

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Rob Gonsalves

Some great, reverberant moments.

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Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

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.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A limp biopic with wooden performances and an uninteresting premise.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Top-notch screwball drama.

Tony Macklin

The most engaging portrayal of Howard Hughes on film is not by Howard Hughes -- it's by Jason Robards, Jr. in Melvin and Howard.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Delightful in the affection it shows for its characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
After picking up a random hitchhiker who claims to be Howard Hughes, a truck driver goes on with the rest of his boring life until he finds out that Hughes left… More
Byron Brubaker
This movie weird-ed me out. Robards doesn't have much screen time though his character is part of the title. La Mat plays a really odd guy who I… More
William Dunmyer
"Melvin and Howard" is a charming but mediocre dramedy based on fact. Melvin Dummar is a Utah man (he is still alive) who claimed in 1976 to have… More
Tim Sigur
I am on a huge Robards kick here lately. He gives another amazing performance and he's not even in half the movie. Paul LeMat is great as Melvin whose life… More