MELVIN AND HOWARD

“A beautifully observed, beautifully performed offbeat comedy. The story is slim: milkman Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) picks up a grouchy old hobo in the Nevada desert one night, lends him a quarter while disbelieving his claim to be Howard Hughes, and then returns to a mundane life of work, divorce, remarriage, and failed songwriting attempts, until eight years later he appears to have been left a fortune by the dead tycoon. But this remarkable (factually based) plot is merely a hook on which to hang an unglamorous account of American working class life….The film’s delightful humour derives…from the characters, who are affectionately observed but never patronised.” (TimeOut)

1980 Jonathan Demme 1.85:1 Color dcp 95 min.