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The Amazing Howard Hughes

2.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (THE FUGITIVE) gives the performance of a lifetime as the legendary Howard Hughes, from his beginnings as an eccentri c young industrialist through his shocking final days as the world's most bizzare billionaire. In between, Hughes becomes a notorious Hollywood mogul and ladies man, builds an international aviation empire, designs and flies the infamous 'Spruce Goose' anddescends into a horrific abyss of paranoia and madness, all as seen through the eyes of his loyal business manager and right-hand man Noah Dietrich (Ed Flanders). James Hampton, Lee Purcell and Tovah Feldhuh co-star in this Emmy Award-winning movie event, based on the controversial memoir HOWARD: THE AMAZING MR> HUGHES co-written by Noah Dietrich

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Special Features

  • 123-minute edited version of the 215-minute TV movie
  • Spruce Goose newsreel
  • Poster & stills gallery
  • Bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, James Hampton, Tovah Feldshuh, Lee Purcell
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: John Gay
  • Producers: Roger Gimbel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Amazing Howard Hughes" on IMDb

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By K. Seamon on March 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I was so glad to find this on DVD that I failed to read the customer reviews before I bought it. Big mistake. Many of the finer scenes that I remember from the mini-series are missing. The quality of the DVD is excellent, and the sound is good, but about HALF THE FILM IS MISSING!! Tommy Lee Jones was outstanding in the lead role, but it's hard to tell from this mess. What an awful shame to cripple the film this way, just to fit it on a single DVD. Have they never heard of double-sided DVDs? Hopefully, with the interest generate by Scorcese's new movie, someone will do a proper release of this very interesting telling of the Hughes story.
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Format: DVD
TNT showed this a few years back and I recorded it to VHS without the commercials and I find myself watching that fuzzy old self-recorded VHS more than this DVD! They added a couple of meaningless scenes and removed many major and important ones. Watching this DVD after seeing the TV version (same applies to the VHS version) makes me feel sick! Wait till it comes around on TV and skip this one folks.
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I was extremley disappointed in the movie a far cry from the first showing on TNT. Really cut up and hard to understand is there any way of buying the uncut version??????????????????????
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Format: VHS Tape
I bought this version and was ripped off. Out of the 215-minute movie, they deleted 40% of it. Critical parts of the story are missing. They did not sell the movie as an abridged version.

In addition, the sound is so bad that it's very annoying to watch it. The sound has a great deal of phase shifting. If the original is in this shape, it needs to be restored before selling anymore copies.
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I saw the original miniseries on t.v. It was quite good. However, the vhs tape I recieved thru amazon.com was cut by 50% or more which totally ruined it. To anyone viewing it for the first time, it wouldn't make any sense. The continuity is so chopped up all we're left with is a collection of seemingly unrelated events. The scenes that were left out connect everything together and also were very interesting as well. I don't like anybody deciding what is enough for me to see. Especially at $19.95 a crack plus shipping
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By A Customer on February 20, 2003
Format: DVD
The negative reviews about this movie being boring are right but for the wrong reasons.
I saw this movie when it first came out and it was great. But it so cut up in this DVD that it is difficult to follow and destroys most of the appeal this movie originally had.
I would bet if this movie had not been totally ruined by the studio who was too cheap to use more than one DVD, the reviews would be much different.
And that is a shame.
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By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD IS NOT THE COMPLETE TV Miniseries
One third of this movie has been edited out. WHY?
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Like other reviews you may have noted, the sad truth is that this formerly-EXCELLENT tv movie, made the year after Hughes` death and starring Tommy Lee Jones in a solid portrayal, has been EDITED DOWN to such an extent that if you buy the readily-available extant vhs/dvd offerings, you will still have never truly seen this movie.

My point here is not to merely grouse about the edited version, but to save others some probable trouble.
Last year, emboldened by statements I read that there was in fact, an original vhs release full-length version of the tv movie, I started searching online to obtain it. I contacted over a dozen sources, I purchased from several who swore that they had 'the full version'...and was soundly and roundly disappointed. Most sellers did not know that there even was a longer version (and really did not care). The few I went so far as to purchase from believed they did have the full film, but found out differently when I received their vhs...and returned it.

The term 'exercise in futility' springs to mind.

(I gave up.)

What`s worse, any hope for a new, full-length dvd release would high-probability have been back when the Hughes biopic "The Aviator" was released in 2004.... and that did not happen.

So...Should you want the full-length version and be determined to undertake the search for it, be prepared for false leads, misinformation and probable failure. Should you actually succeed, let me know.
I WISH YOU LUCK!
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