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Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)

The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Ford
Clara Ford
Evangeline Cote
Harry Bennett
Edsel Ford
Chas Lawther ...
Géza Kovács ...
Spider Huff
William Murphy
Chris Wiggins ...
Nicholas Kilbertus ...
Jake Patterson
Chief Watson
Tom Rack ...
John Dodge
Damir Andrei ...
Horace Dodge
Harry Hill ...
Ford Butler
Walter Massey ...


The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.

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Biography | Drama





Release Date:

11 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ford: El hombre y la máquina  »

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(2 parts) (DVD edition)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Biopic about the famous manager who revolutionized the industry
11 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is based on true events about Henry Ford's (Cliff Robertson)life and how he changed America , but specially his hardship way to the success . As his marriage to Clara (Hope Lange), his tempestuous relationship with his son (R.H.Thomson) , lover (Heather Thomas) and helper (Michael Ironside) , while keeping his family together .

At the beginning his juvenile life , Henry Ford worked as a mechanic but he early designed his own prototypes (Daimler and Benz had invented some of them too) . The firm was founded in 1903 at Dearborn and named ¨Ford Motor Company¨ with the model Ford T for the consumer society and the bourgeois family , appearing the XX century cars civilization , achieving a selling of fifteen millions . The working system consisted in a production line by means of an assembly line work which reduced costs and revolutionized the Enterprise , being its center the city of Detroit . The employees received a wage of five dollars a day and they bought their own Ford cars . Henry Ford got a big time ; however , he failed in peaceable campaign about First World War (1914-1918) and he discredit himself in anti-Jewish advertising in the 20s and the confrontation against the trade unions in the 30s . The film was well directed by Allan Eastman , an usual director of television movies .

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