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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau and Sofia Coppola; and four Oscar nominees: Joan Allen, Mako, Frederic Forrest, Dean Stockwell. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, water coolers are seen with molded plastic bottles atop them. Molded plastic for water cooler bottles weren't available for until years later. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: "Big ships fine," Confucius say. "Rowboats long in tooth, make big noise, go nowhere."
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in A Boy's Life (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
By Harry DeCosta, Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca (as D. James LaRocca),
Tony Sbarbaro (as Anthony Sbarbaro), Larry Shields
Performed by Joe Jackson
Courtesy of SBK Feist Catalogue Inc.
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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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