Melvin and Howard (1980)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

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  • Paul Le Mat in Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Mary Steenburgen and Paul Le Mat in Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Paul Le Mat and Michael J. Pollard in Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Jason Robards and Paul Le Mat in Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Mary Steenburgen and Robert Ridgely in Melvin and Howard (1980)

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21 June 2003 | LeMille0
I saw this film only recently. I was sparked to see it because I was interested in seeing Paul LeMat in what I had heard to be was his most defining film role. From the first scene I was hooked. The scene in which the character of Melvin picks up Jason Robards, playing Howard Hughes, in the desert. The two singing Bye Bye Blackbird to each other and then remarking about the scent of sage and greasewood was both touching and humorous. Robards short performance in the film was underrated and one of the best I have seen him give. Paul Le Mat is wonderful, giving a performance that is oozing with comical sweetness and vulnerability. He is one of the only actors I have seen to truly embody the blue-collar man authentically. Mary Steenburgen in daffy and hilarious. There was not a lacking actor in the film in my opinion. It is a travesty that Paul LeMat never achieved the success that he could have with performances like this and in his many other seldom viewed films. This offbeat treat is one of the best written movies I have seen in a long time. If you get the chance to see it, please do.

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