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Melvin and Howard

1980 Rated R 1hr 35m

In this delightful American fable, everyday loser Melvin (Paul Le Mat) picks up a haggard old man (Jason Robards) in the Nevada desert. Eight years later, the hitchhiker turns out to have been Howard Hughes, who has named Melvin as an heir to his multi-billion dollar fortune. Melvin becomes an instant celebrity and a national punch line, gamely fighting to win the crap shoot that is the American Dream. Mary Steenburgen won an Oscar for her role.

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Movie Details

1981 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
  • Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
1981 Academy Award®
  • Best Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen
  • Best Writing Original Screenplay
  • Best Writing Original Screenplay
  • Best Supporting Actor nominee: Jason Robards
Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; filmmakers' commentary; cast and crew information.