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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.

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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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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

Lloyd Bridges: Senator Homer Ferguson. See more »

Goofs

When the car crashes on the test track, the rear bumper comes off. Moments later when the damaged car drives away, the rear bumper is fine. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: Abe. Gee I appreciate you stopping by. How long you got between trains?
Abe: You like this? living in the middle of nowhere? Cupa coffee, 2, 3 in the morning, you could die first.
Preston Tucker: Or you could go into the kitchen and make some
Abe: Who needs coffee, 2 in the morning? You sit down, read the paper, chew the fat with the waitress. Here, you look around, there's nothin' but scenery
Preston Tucker: I always thought we're the scenery. How do you like your coffee?
Abe: In the city.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream (2012) See more »

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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--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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