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! Written by
Did You Know?
was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for playing Howard Hughes
in this movie. It was the third time in five years that Robards had been nominated in this category at the Academy Awards. The first two times, in 1977 and 1978, Robards had achieved the extraordinary feat of winning back-to-back Oscars. The films Robards won consecutive Academy Awards for were Julia
(1977) and All the President's Men
(1976). See more
At the end of the truck ride to Vegas, Hughes doesn't know how to open the passenger door from the inside, but in Dummar's flashback at the end of the movie (when Hughes gets to drive the truck), Hughes has no trouble opening the door. See more
C'est la vie.
French, Melvin. I used to dream of becoming a French interpreter.
You don't speak French.
I told you it was only a dream.
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Faron Young
Courtesy of Capitol Records See more