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Howard Hughes - The Man and The Madness

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Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976) was a billionaire businessman, a pioneer of aviation and an award-winning film producer. He dabbled in politics. He developed the first "flying boat," the push-up bra and the automatic hospital bed. He was adept at turning his hobbies into lucrative industries. Yet, despite all of his successes, he had no true friends or family. In the 1950s he became a recluse and was plagued by debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorders. Eventually, Hughes signed over his many business ventures to trusted advisors. In April 1976, after many years of drug abuse, Hughes slipped into a coma and died en route to a Houston hospital. It was a sad end to the life of a man who had a developed an unrivalled business empire. This MPI original production takes a look at the rise and fall of the Hughes empire. Through the archival footage and interviews with the few people who had contact with him, unravel some of the mysteries surrounding one of the richest men of the 20th century.

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  • Actors: Howard R. Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784WRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Howard Hughes: The Man & The Madness is the stranger-than-fiction true story of billionaire businessman, record- setting aviator, invention mogul, and recluse Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976). Despite his stunning accomplishments, Hughes had no true friends or family; his obsessive-compulsive disorders and drug abuse worsened as he aged and cut himself off more and more from the outside world. This remarkable DVD biography includes special features such as newsreel footage of Hughes' notable accomplishments in the 1930's through 1950's, and is an astounding examination of a brilliant, driven, and tragic man. 98 minutes, color and black-and-white.
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If you enjoy learning about greatness - often coupled with quirky-ness and a dash of insanity, then enjoy this documentary. It is interesting to see the man in his prime, as he is slipping, and ending with a sad chronicle of his last decade or so. I wound up proud of him, pittying him, and entertained as to satisfying several curiousities.

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It is amazing to watch this man's absolute genius decompose into total paranoia and hypochondria. For one who had the world at his fingertips, to become an almost psychotic recluse is indicative of the level humanity any of us are capable of falling to. Fascinating.
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I saw this movie last night and I was suprised at how much this video covers. It talks about the reason he became the way he was.at the end of his life. I know that in the movie they blamed his mother for the way he become: germophobic, obsessive compulsive and other things but we cannot forget all the great things he accomplished in his life;founding the company TWA, the flight around the world which was faster than the one Charles Lindberg did, starting a foundation for research in health, the hospital bed that are still used in the hospitals nowadays, etc. I agree that it is sad the way he ended his life but I resent the comment made before me that the way he ended his life was a comic relief for him and his friend. It is not, it is sad to see a man that had everything and to see him destroy his life the wayhe did. I agree with Mr. Bob Maheu that at the end of his life the people that were supposed to take care of him were only using him to fill their bank accounts. I wish that somebody who knew him and who cared about him could have been there to help him and get him from that hell he was living in but he had nobody in his life that had could have done that..
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"Howard Hughes The Man and The Madness" delivered a comprehensive view into the exciting life of Howard Hughes. I found the movie to cover all the major parts of Howard's life from birth to death but did not go extensively into the technical aspects of Hughes' business empire. Mostly the bio focused on his personal life in Hollywood and a general overview of his different ventures. however a solid buy for the money.
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By Jeff JAmes on September 6, 2015
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Learned a lot about Mr. Hughes. This movie goes on and on about his life accomplishments. At one time he crashes a plane, is badly hurt, gets put in a hospital and invents the hospital bed while he is there. Amazing!
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Howard Hughes: The Man & The Madness is the stranger-than-fiction true story of billionaire businessman, record- setting aviator, invention mogul, and recluse Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976). Despite his stunning accomplishments, Hughes had no true friends or family; his obsessive-compulsive disorders and drug abuse worsened as he aged and cut himself off more and more from the outside world. This remarkable DVD biography includes special features such as newsreel footage of Hughes' notable accomplishments in the 1930's through 1950's, and is an astounding examination of a brilliant, driven, and tragic man. 98 minutes, color and black-and-white.
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In my attempt to understand Howard Hughes this account which includes actual footage is a revelation. What I came aware with wax the life Hughes ended up living was something he could not help living and others who could have helped did not. Hell has a special place for them.
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