This movie tells the possibly true story of Melvin E. 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?
The picture won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film of 1980. 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.
Love Can't Hold a Ramblin' Man
Written and performed by Danny Darst
(as Daniel Dean Darst) See more