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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?


The former Dodge plant in Chicago was as big as stated (now Ford City Shopping Center). 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 »


[Closing title card]: Although only fifty Tuckers were ever produced, forty six of them are still road worthy and in use today. Tucker's innovations of aerodynamic styling, padded dash, pop out windows, seat belts, fuel injection and disc brakes were slowly adopted by Detroit and are found in the cars you are driving now. Preston Tucker died of an illness six years after the trial, but his ideas will live forever.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) See more »


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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