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Howard Hughes: The Man and the Madness (1999)

Documentary on the idiosyncratic, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes utilizes rare archive footage and interviews with associates to shed light on the Hughes enigma.

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A documentary on the eccentric billionaire who was a pioneer in both aviation and film production. Unfortunately his obsessive-compulsive behavior and drug abuse made him a mysterious, bizarre recluse in the eyes of the public and the media. Interviews with business associates and newly discovered archival footage shed light on the Hughes enigma. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Was He Madder Than The Mad Hatter?
29 October 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Sure, Howard Hughes may have been (amongst other things) a total control-freak and deathly afraid of catching other people's germs - But, on the other hand, when it came to the field of aviation, man, this dude was nothing short of being brilliantly inventive and highly knowledgeable like no other man of his generation.

And, when it came to the very first atomic bomb testing in the Nevada desert - I must give Hughes a helluva lot of credit for actually publicly challenging his all-mighty government, demanding that they put an end to all of this destructive madness. (But, to no avail)

Through stills, archival footage, and fairly recent interviews with those who knew Hughes - This 90-minute documentary (from 1999) not only covers the highlights of Howard Hughes' life, but it also brings some new insight into his addictions and the surprising circumstances behind his untimely death in 1976.

*Note* - Be sure to check out this DVD's bonus features, especially the newsreel footage of the world's largest helicopter. (Believe me, it's a beauty!)


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