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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders Johnson ...
Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
Peter Donat ...
Otto Kerner
Dean Goodman ...
Bennington / Drew Pearson's Voice
John X. Heart ...
Ferguson's Agent


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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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)


$19,652,638 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Did You Know?


Of the 51 Tuckers ever made, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola each own two. See more »


The model car that the Tukerette uses at the unveiling to demonstrate how the engine can be removed for repairs has a front engine and different styling than the actual Tucker car. It is possible of course that this model is historically accurate for what may have been used at the actual unveiling of the Tucker. See more »


Preston Tucker: [making his closing arguments to the jury] ... When I was a boy, I used to, uh... I used to read all about Edison, and the Wright brothers... Mr. Ford, they were, they were my heroes... 'rags to riches' that's not just the name of a book; that's, what this country was all about!... We invented the free enterprise system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to... If he came up with a better idea, about ANYTHING, there's no limit to how far he could go.....
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Written by Louis Lambert (as Patrick Gilmore)
Band arrangement by Mark Adler
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Gutsy, smart, way ahead of the curve
25 September 2004 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since I saw this movie, and I was already acquainted with they story when I realized they'd made a movie about it. The movie lives up to the reality.

No question, Preston Tucker was brilliant. When Uncle Sam requested designs for combat vehicles, he submitted, and demonstrated, a design which significantly blew away all competitors. He was turned down because his design significantly outperformed what Uncle Sam asked for. Small-minded individuals, mired in the relatively wimpy requirements, wouldn't take the more advanced design. It boggled his mind that they would turn down "steak with all the trimmings" in exchange for a "plain hamburger." I've been in the Military, so it doesn't surprise me.

When he wanted to make a point about safety, emphasizing the need for safety glass and seatbelts (which were NOT standard equipment at the time), he invited the appropriate people to lunch, served medium-rare roast beef, then showed pictures of people who'd died in car accidents. Lots of blood, lots of "raw meat." My driver's education teacher, trying to convince us to be safer drivers, did the same (minus the fancy lunch). Anyway, the similarities between what they saw on the screen, and what they'd just eaten, caused many of them to be "re-acquainted" with their lunch. I sincerely doubt they ever forgot the presentation, and his point was very well made.

I like this guy. He's whip-smart, practical, maybe a little too optimistic.

I identify with him.

And they broke him.

Welcome to reality. Bites, doesn't it?

In the end, he knows he's beaten, but he still gets the last word in. I hope I manage to do so well.

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