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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

 -  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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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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Trivia

When Preston Tucker is walking Sen. Ferguson to his car, Ferguson tells him, "Problems are opportunities in work clothes. That's a quote from my friend Henry J. Kaiser." Kaiser also took on the Big Three at the same time Tucker did when he teamed with Joseph Frazer to form the Kaiser-Frazer Motor Corp. in 1946. Kaiser's cars were equipped with some of the same safety features (pop-out windshields, shatterproof glass, padded dash) the Tucker had. The 1947-48 Kaiser-Frazer cars even used the same outside door handles as the Tucker. See more »

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During the nighttime scene between Tucker and Abe outside the Tucker plant, the red lit Tucker sign is on, then off, then on again before it is finally switched off along with all the other exterior lights. See more »

Quotes

Abe: [after the trial outside the courthouse, with lots of spectators admiring Tucker's cars] They *love* the cars, the people! Drives me crazy, that the motor company's dead... They'll never be made!
Preston Tucker: We made 'em.
Abe: Fifty cars...
Preston Tucker: Aw, what's the difference - fifty or fifty million. That's only machinery!... It's the *idea* that counts, Abe... The dream...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Tucker Jingle
Music by Carmine Coppola
Lyrics by Arnold Schulman
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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The magic of dreams
7 December 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A beautiful film which captures the spirit of a man's struggle to make his dream come true. Jeff Bridges is invincible in the role of Preston Tucker and effortlessly pulls the viewer inside the mind and spirit of this maverick entrepreneur who brought to the automotive industry seat belts, fuel injection, pop-out windows and most of all a legend called the Tucker Torpedo.

Acting just oozes out of this fine actor and id consider it as his best performance ever. Excellent direction,screenplay and soundtrack. great duologue's too. especially "can any one in this room look me in the eye and say we cant do it" and on hearings a non-affirmative he replies "except you".

The courtroom speech is something which recharges your spirit and fills your body with passion. Very true as he puts it " fifty or fifty million...thats only machinery..its the idea that counts..the dream.."


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