Melvin and Howard

Starz / Anchor Bay   (1980) / Region 1
Melvin and Howard

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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.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 10 1999
  • Production Year 1980
  • Empire SKU 7861
  • UPC Code 013131092394
  • Studio  Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


Audio Commentary With Director Jonathon Demme and Produciton Designer Toby Rafelson
Theatrical Trailer
Talent Bios


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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