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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG  |   |  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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Francis Ford Coppola originally planned on making a biopic of Tucker after he completed The Godfather: Part II (1974) and wanted to cast Marlon Brando as Preston Tucker. The film Coppola actually did make after the sequel was Apocalypse Now (1979), with Brando appearing as Col. Kurtz. See more »


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 »


Preston Tucker: [revealing his graphics] The car of tomorrow... today.
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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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