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Release Date:
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
Johnny Dennis ... Cutter
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)
Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music editor
Steve Livingston .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation (as Paul Casella)
Other crew
Edward J. Duffy .... location manager
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 Hughes shows his stunt pilots on the set of Hell's Angels that he can make a tight turn, he goes up himself to show them but crashes. The crash footage is actually taken from Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973).See more »
Factual errors: 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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References Two Arabian Knights (1927)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
About the best film about the man...., 11 March 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While "The Amazing Howard Hughes" lacks the great CGI and beautiful polish of the later Hughes biopic "The Aviator", it is a terrific film--and better in some ways. Unlike "The Aviator", "The Amazing Howard Hughes" gives a much more complete account of the billionaire's life. While it fails to did in as much psychological depth as the later film and doesn't build the same sense of sadness, it is a very full portrait. While both films skip most of his childhood (and this is a shame), this made for TV movie goes from his early career through his final years--living as an insane recluse. In the process, Tommy Lee Jones did a wonderful job--looking and sounding much like the man he was portraying. Overall, a great look at the life of Hughes and one of the best made for TV films of the 1970s. And, not surprisingly, it helped to launch Jones' career to much greater heights. Well worth seeing.

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