Winner of Two Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay 1980
In this delightful real-life American fable, everyday loser Melvin Dummar (Paul LeMat) 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 a beneficiary to his multi-billion dollar fortune. In a world of blue-collar hopes and game show ambitions, Melvin becomes both an instant celebrity and national punch line, gamely fighting to win the crap shoot that is The American Dream.
Directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of The Lambs), Melvin And Howard is one of the most acclaimed and popular comedies of the '80s, winning the Oscar for Best Screenplay and the golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Mary Steenburgen.