The Amazing Howard Hughes is a 1977 American made-for-television biographical film about American aviation pioneer and filmmaker Howard Hughes, based on the book Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes by Hughes' business partner Noah Dietrich. The film starred Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, and Tovah Feldshuh and was made a year after Hughes's death, in 1976, while aboard a private flight to Mexico. It was originally broadcast in two parts on CBS on April 13 and 14, 1977.
This film recounts the life and times of Howard Hughes, from his being a Hollywood producer and an aviator to a 1946 experimental plane crash that left him with a concussion that left him with brain damage and mental dysfunction, going into his old age and eventual death.
He is portrayed an eccentric perfectionist and hypochondriac. Pouring money into films and projects (from steam-cars to huge planes) he is also seen as a romantic, and has multiple women in his life: Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Russell etc.
He also is obsessed with record-breaking in both speed and endurance.
Some versions of this DVD only contain 130 minutes. The original mini-series contained 185 minutes.
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