The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  13 April 1977 (USA)
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Howard Hughes is a driven man who amassed wealth and recognition as a Hollywood mover and shaker, aviation giant and man of mystery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilbur Peterson
Billie Dove
Marty Brill ...
Marla Carlis ...
Jimmy (as Lee Jones-de Broux)
Roy Engel ...
Production Manager
Arthur Franz ...
Shirley Whitehead (as Denise Gal)
Tannis G. Montgomery ...
Mrs. Hughes (as Tannis Montgomery)


Howard Hughes is a driven man who amassed wealth and recognition as a Hollywood mover and shaker, aviation giant and man of mystery.

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Did You Know?


Tommy Lee Jones bagged the lead role for $25,000 when Warren Beatty turned down a $1 million paycheck to play the part of Howard Hughes. See more »


What is supposed to be the Hughes XF-11 aircraft is actually a WWII P-38 fighter (however, this is understandable since the real XF-11 would have been unavailable for the movie). See more »

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After the closing credits there is a short News Of The Day newsreel about the Spruce Goose including footage of the real Howard Hughes See more »


Version of The Carpetbaggers (1964) See more »

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MUCH better than (bleeech!) The Aviator!
7 July 2005 | by (Atlanta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

There's just no comparison between this excellent made-for-TV movie and the awful soap opera Aviator. And talk about casting... HRH was a long, tall (over 6') Texan with a southern drawl. So who does Scorsese pick? A short, blond, blue-eyed kid - di Caprio. On the other hand, Tommy Lee Jones was right on. Looked like Hughes, sounded like Hughes, etc, etc. Oh, and Ed Flanders was MUCH more believable in the role of Noah Dietrich than John Reilly.

Both NetFlix and have it. If you prefer a chic flick with lots of romance and stories that focus about the women in his life, then Aviator wins. But if you really want to know about HRH, the Las Vegas acquisitions, the Glomar Explorer, etc, then The Amazing Howard Hughes is a far better choice.

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