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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
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Otto Kerner
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Bennington / Drew Pearson's Voice
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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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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Four Tucker replicas on 1974 Ford chassis were constructed for the film. One of these, in Tucker-trademark Waltz Blue color, has been donated to the Ypsilanti (MI) Automotive History Collection by members of the family of Preston Tucker. See more »

Goofs

The transport plane that the car is loaded into on the ground is a C-123 Provider, which made its first flight in October, 1949. The particular variant depicted (with jet pods) did not appear until the 1960s. The air-to-air footage shows a different airplane, a DHC-4 Caribou, which first flew in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Abe: [after the trial outside the courthouse, with lots of spectators admiring Tucker's cars] They *love* the cars, the people! Drives me crazy, that the motor company's dead... They'll never be made!
Preston Tucker: We made 'em.
Abe: Fifty cars...
Preston Tucker: Aw, what's the difference - fifty or fifty million. That's only machinery!... It's the *idea* that counts, Abe... The dream...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Incendiary Blonde (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
Recorded by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of The Welk Record Group
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TUCKER--What a historical film should be.
17 January 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Impressive styling of the 1940s era and fine direction from Francis Coppola, whose middle name is Ford (ha!), makes TUCKER a historical tribute to the revolutionary, all-too-superior "car of tomorrow" that never was destined to bury the Big Three. It's not an entire biography of his life, but an account of triumphs and trials in his short-lived business. Jeff Bridges' character he portrays is a cheerful, mind-mannered guy who dreamed of making these autos since his childhood. There's plenty to like in this nostalgic trip, as this was made in a genuine vintage style. The opening best compares to a true classic sales promo, an indication of brilliant film work. Joe Jackson's cool 40s tunes he composed are extremely well made, although they get in the way sometimes. Drive on over to the video mart and check this selection out! Perhaps if we all had a Tucker....


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