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13 April 1977 (USA) See more »
Howard Hughes is a driven man who amassed wealth and recognition as a Hollywood mover and shaker, aviation giant and man of mystery. | Add synopsis »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Tommy Lee Jones ... Howard Hughes

Ed Flanders ... Noah Dietrich

James Hampton ... Wilbur Peterson

Tovah Feldshuh ... Katharine Hepburn

Lee Purcell ... Billie Dove

Jim Antonio ... George

Sorrell Booke ... Fiorello LaGuardia
Marty Brill ... Lewis Milestone
Marla Carlis ... Jane Russell
Lee de Broux ... Jimmy (as Lee Jones-de Broux)

Roy Engel ... Production Manager

Arthur Franz ... Barnes
Denise Galik ... Shirley Whitehead (as Denise Gal)

Howard Hesseman ... Jenks
Tannis G. Montgomery ... Mrs. Hughes (as Tannis Montgomery)
Walter O. Miles ... Gen. Hap Arnold
Garry Walberg ... Henry J. Kaiser
Carol Bagdasarian ... Jean Peters
Bart Burns ... Robert Maheu

Thayer David ... Floyd Odlum

Barry Atwater ... Sen. Brewster
William Dozier ... Sen. Ferguson

Barney Phillips ... Saunders
James Bacon ... Himself (as Jim Bacon)
John S. Ragin ... McKenna

John Lupton ... Mayor

Art Gilmore ... Newsreel Announcer
Ray Ballard ... Forbes
Robert Baron ... Lewis
James Beach ... Assistant Cutter

Morgan Brittany ... Ella Hughes

Susan Buckner ... Jean Harlow
Ray Buktenica ... Public Relations Man
Sid Conrad ... Gresham
Jack Denbo ... Chauffeur

John Dennis ... Cutter (as Johnny Dennis)

Steve Doubet ... Harris

Shay Duffin ... Butler
S. John Launer ... Doctor (as S. J. Louner)
Joel Lawrence ... Emcee

James MacKrell (as Jim McKrell)
Glenn Miller ... Pilot

Myron Natwick
Kim O'Brien
Andy Romano ... Roy Cruickshank
Jette Seear ... Greta Nissen (as Jetta Seear)
John Bellah ... Station Attendant
Thom Carney ... Guard
Peter Dane ... Rudy DeMarco
Hal England ... Reeves
Gene Handsaker ... Himself

Ed Harris ... Russ
Ted Hartley ... Attorney

Wayne Heffley ... Dr. Bergman
Russ McGinn ... Sheriff
Marvin G. Miles ... Himself
Ken Sansom ... Hospital Administrator
Ken Scott ... Vernon Scott
Dave Shelley ... Government Official
Wayne Thomas ... Himself
Jerome Thor ... Counsel
Bert Williams ... Mr. Hardesty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Falk ... Pilot
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Palmer

Stephen Manley (as Stephan Manley)

Deborah Dutch ... The Nurse (uncredited)
Luther Fear ... #2 Chauffer driving Rolls-Royce (uncredited)

Robert Shepherd ... Silent Movie Actor (uncredited)

Jimmy Williams ... Fireman at Crash Site (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Graham 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Noah Dietrich  book "Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes"
John Gay 
Bob Thomas  book "Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes"

Produced by
Paul Cameron .... co-producer
Sudy Dostal .... associate producer
Roger Gimbel .... executive producer
Herbert Hirschman .... producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner 
Michael D. Margulies  (as Michael Margulies)
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux  (as Raymond Molyneaux)
Makeup Department
Hank Edds .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Salamunovich .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Salamunovich .... first assistant director
Charles Ziarko .... assistant director
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound (as Willie Burton)
Bill Jackson .... sound editor
Jerry Pirozzi .... sound editor
Don Higgins .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Kline .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Le Grand .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael O'Corrigan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Strauss .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jim Yant .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Sweeten .... camera operator
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Novak .... costumer
Editorial Department
Milton Citron .... assistant editor
Ronald J. Fagan .... additional editor (as Ronald Fagan)
Location Management
Edward J. Duffy .... location manager
Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music editor
Steve Livingston .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation (as Paul Casella)
Other crew
Lynda Karjola .... production coordinator (as Lynda L. Karjola)
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Orin Kennedy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Art Scholl .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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215 min | USA:123 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Noah Dietrich visits Hughes in the hospital lounge, Hughes is watching rough footage of his film Hell's Angels. This is actually black & white footage taken from The Blue Max (1966).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When HH crashes the XF11 the crashed aircraft is similar to a P51. Canopy design and fuselage gives it away.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Two Arabian Knights (1927)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Movie, 17 October 2008
Author: Pierre Talley from United States

This film is outstanding on all levels covered all of Hughes' life which is surprising for a t.v. movie.

Don't ever look for any movie t.v. or not to tell the full story of anyones life.This film was done at a time when there was actually(URGH)truth and balance in media.

I saw this movie with the limited opinion that he was just some nut case and came away with the opinion that he was an extraordinary complicated man who let his ego get the better of him.

There is a message in this film for all of us and that is not to ignore your problems or difficulties.

I feel sorry for younger people who will never get the chance to see a biopic that would tell a persons story as accurately as they could.

At least not one that was made in this country and certainly not one that was done by Americans.

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