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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  12 August 1988 (USA)
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The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Preston Tucker
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Vera Tucker
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Eddie
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Jimmy
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Alex Tremulis
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Junior
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Marilyn Lee
Anders Johnson ...
Johnny
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Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
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Frank
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Kirby
Peter Donat ...
Otto Kerner
Dean Goodman ...
Bennington / Drew Pearson's Voice
John X. Heart ...
Ferguson's Agent
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Storyline

Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory. The whole movie also has many parallels with director Coppola's own efforts to build a new movie studio of his own. Written by Reid Gagle

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car | factory | industry | dream | police | See more »

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When they tried to buy him, he refused. When they tried to bully him, he resisted. When they tried to break him, he became an American legend. The true story of Preston Tucker.

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Biography | Drama

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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker: The Man and His Dream  »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Unused music by John Williams. See more »

Goofs

During the early drive sequence which is supposed to be taking place in Ypsilanti, Michigan (700 feet above sea level), the California mountains can clearly be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Abe: [to Tucker] ... When I was a little kid, maybe five years old, in the old country, my mother used to say to me; she'd warn me, she'd say, 'Don't get too close to people. You'll catch their dreams... '... Years later, I realized I misunderstood her... 'Germs', she said, not 'dreams', 'You'll catch their *germs*'...
[they both laugh]
Abe: I want you to know something, Tucker. I went into business with you for one reason - to make money. That's all... How was I to know...
[chokes up, head down]
Abe: ... if I ...
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Crazy Credits

Photographs of the real Preston Tucker appear during the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in Under the Hood: Making 'Tucker' (2000) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Written by Louis Lambert (as Patrick Gilmore)
Band arrangement by Mark Adler
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream
17 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Underrated film about dreams and desire in the mind of Preston Tucker as he looked to create the car of the future. He faced hardship and defeat at the hands of politicians and other automakers. (Namely the Big Three) Bridges delivers Tucker with great heart and devotion while Landau (Oscar nominee) stands out as Tucker's friend and partner. Dean Stockwell makes a small cameo as Howard Hughes.


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