Cinema: Desert Dream

MELVIN AND HOWARD Directed by Jonathan Demme Screenplay by Bo Goldman

There is, of course, a historical Melvin Dummar. He is the Utah gas station operator who claims that in 1968 he picked up an injured Howard Hughes in the desert, gave him a lift back to Las Vegas, and was rewarded by being named a beneficiary of Hughes' will—a document that the courts ruled invalid two years ago. Anyone looking for authentic information about that Melvin and that Howard is advised herewith that this movie will not help: the film makes no...

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