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Melvin and Howard

Tuesday, January 23

Film Suburbs & Beyond

Utah man Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) gives a tousled motorist a lift after finding him stranded on a desert road. Nine years later, Dummar receives a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million dollars from the stranger—reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes (Jason Robards). This lyrical portrait of blue-collar life follows ne’er-do-well Melvin as he lurches toward the American dream, bookended by the intrusions from Hughes. Jonathan Demme’s stranger-than-fiction romp garnered two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Mary Steenburgen and Best Original Screenplay for Bo Goldman.

(R) USA – 1 hr 35 min
1980 · d. Jonathan Demme
Starring Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Le Mat

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Venue Information

Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610.527.9898 phone

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The Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Erin DiSerafino.