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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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)
Marshall Bell ...
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.


Biography | Drama


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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life at the end of his criminal trial, Preston Tucker had only eight cars - not 50 as shown in this film - taken to the courthouse. 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: Isn't that the idea? To build a better mouse trap?
Abe: Not if you're a mouse!
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Crazy Credits

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


Song of India
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (as Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov)
Arrangement by Bob Wilber
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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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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