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Melvin and Howard
     

Melvin and Howard

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Director: Jonathan Demme, Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards Jr., Mary Steenburgen

Cast: Jonathan Demme, Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards Jr., Mary Steenburgen

 

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Jonathan Demme's award-winning comedy about Melvin Dummar, who became an overnight celebrity when a will appeared declaring him the inheritor of Howard Hughes' estate, gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Melvin and Howard has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced

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Jonathan Demme's award-winning comedy about Melvin Dummar, who became an overnight celebrity when a will appeared declaring him the inheritor of Howard Hughes' estate, gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Melvin and Howard has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish and closed captions in English. The film's original theatrical trailer has been included as a bonus.

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One critic called Jonathan Demme's wistful, strange comedy "an almost flawless act of sympathetic imagination" and compared it to Jean Renoir directing a script by Preston Sturges. Actually, it was the fertile imagination of screenwriter Bo Goldman that concocted the story of Melvin Dummar (Paul LeMat), a Nevada milkman who picks up reclusive billionaire hitchhiker Howard Hughes (Jason Robards Jr.). According to this woolly tale, Dummar later inherits $150 million when Hughes dies. Goldman and Mary Steenburgen, who played Dummar's contest-obsessed wife, won Oscars for this slice of eccentric American life, which put Demme on the map as a director. It was his first big-budget job, and he infused plenty of whimsy and picaresque touches, helped greatly by Robards's and LeMat's off-kilter performances. It presaged by a few years Demme's similarly colorful road movie, Something Wild.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
UPC:
0025192418921
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:35:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Le Mat Melvin Dummar
Jason Robards Howard Hughes
Mary Steenburgen Lynda Dummar
Jack Kehoe Jim Delgado
Michael J. Pollard Little Red
Dabney Coleman Judge Keith Hayes
Pamela Reed Bonnie Dummar
Gloria Grahame Mrs. Sisk
John Glover Attorney Freese
Charles Napier Ventura
Elizabeth Cheshire Darcy Dummar
Melvin E. Dummar Bus Depot Counterman
Susan Peretz Chapel Owner
Danny Dark "Easy Street" Announcer
Martine Beswicke Real Estate Woman
Charlene Holt Mrs. Worth
Melissa Williams Sherry Dummar
Rick Lenz Melvin's Lawyer
Joe Ragno Attorney Maxwell
Kathleen Sullivan Reporter
Chip Taylor Clark Taylor
Denise Galik Lucy
Gene Borkan 1st Go-Go Club Owner
Robert Ridgely Wally Williams
Robert Wentz Justice of the Peace
Hal Marshall Hal
Herbie Faye Man Witness
Brendan Kelly Milkman Ralph
Danny Tucker Milkman Pete
Shirley Washington Patient Debbie
Cheryl Smith Patient Ronnie
Melissa Prophet Easy Street Model
Anthony Alda Terry
Gary Goetzman Melvin's Cousin Fred
John Levin Reporter
Jack Verbois Holdup Man
Sonny Davis Milkman George

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director
Michael Chinich Casting
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Don Heitzer Asst. Director
Bruce Langhorne Score Composer
Art Linson Producer
Craig McKay Editor
Terry Nelson Associate Producer
Don Phillips Producer
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Sawyer Art Director
William Scharf Sound Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Crazy Old Man (Main Titles) [6:37]
2. Santa's Souped-Up Sleigh [8:55]
3. Got Any Money? [3:55]
4. Goodbye, Melvin [6:24]
5. Looking for Linda [6:26]
6. Believe in Yourself [3:56]
7. Till Death Do Us Part, Again [5:59]
8. Milkman of the Month [5:31]
9. Gateway to Easy Street [7:11]
10. You're a Loser [5:32]
11. The Milkman Delivers [2:54]
12. Hope I Make It Home Tonight [4:37]
13. Howard Hughes Died [5:18]
14. Named Beneficiary [5:18]
15. You're a Liar! [2:48]
16. The Truth [4:38]
17. He Sang My Song [5:02]
18. Epilogue (End Titles) [3:26]

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Melvin and Howard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jason Robards might have won his third Oscar for this movie, but it went to Timothy Hutton. Mary Steenburgen did win however, and deservedly so. Hers is one of the best-ever supporting performances. This movie is offbeat and humorous and makes you think about the reality of chance (Was that bum REALLY Howard Hughes? Am I REALLY getting all this money?) and the manic nature of everyday events. It makes you question what ''luck'' is.