This movie tells the possibly true story of Melvin Dummar. Melvin is a nice guy, but he is a total loser: unlucky, impractical and can’t keep a job. One night, however, he helps an old man who has had a motorcycle accident in the desert. Melvin laughs when the old man says he is Howard Hughes, the eccentric multimillionaire. But when Howard Hughes dies, Melvin is mailed a will leaving him part of the estate! —IMDb
Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.
Demme was born in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Demme and a public relations executive father. Demme has three children: Ramona, Brooklyn, Josephine. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. He also was the uncle of director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box, then directing three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman’s studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme moved on to direct the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme’s 1980 film Melvin and Howard did not have a wide release, but received widespread critical acclaim, and led… read more
I think i'll love it more on 2nd viewing. It took a while to adjust to the crazy time skipping between scenes which i think worked really well. I feel it's a film that starts and ends amazing making the very good middle seem less striking. But i appreciate it's gutsy approach to narative- even though the touching ending supersedes everything berfore it. 4/5
A film from a time, when poor people onscreen were not necessarily synonymous with emotional shipwrecks. "Melvin and Howard" takes its time in observing and building up its characters. The vignettes on the way result in a supremely humane portrait.