Release dateApril 13, 1977 (1977-04-13) WriterNoah Dietrich (book), John Gay, Bob Thomas (book) NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup CastTommy Lee Jones (Howard Hughes), Ed Flanders (Noah Dietrich), James Hampton (Wilbur Peterson), Tovah Feldshuh (Katharine Hepburn) Similar moviesThe Aviator (2004)
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.
Some versions of this DVD only contain 130 minutes. The original mini-series contained 185 minutes.