Melvin and Howard

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • UPC: 025192418921
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,686

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Le Mat Melvin Dummar
Jason Robards Jr. 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
Anthony Alda Terry
Gene Borkan 1st Go-Go Club Owner
Sonny Davis Milkman George
Herbie Faye Man Witness
Denise Galik Lucy
Gary Goetzman Melvin's Cousin Fred
Brendan Kelly Milkman Ralph
John Levin Reporter
Hal Marshall Hal
Melissa Prophet Easy Street Model
Robert Ridgely Wally Williams
Cheryl Smith Patient Ronnie
Kathleen Sullivan Reporter
Chip Taylor Clark Taylor
Danny Tucker Milkman Pete
Jack Verbois Holdup Man
Shirley Washington Patient Debbie
Robert Wentz Justice of the Peace
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
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quirky stuff

    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.

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