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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

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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker: Un hombre y su sueƱo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.40 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As depicted in the movie, the Tucker vehicle had rear-hinged coach doors, which would be known as "suicide doors" for their risk to rear passengers if they accidentally open while the car was in motion - ironic since the Tucker car had pioneered safety features. See more »

Goofs

A wide shot is used showing the jury entering the courtroom with their verdict. The judge is shown standing as required for proper courtroom etiquette. Partway through the jury's entrance a cut is made to a slightly tighter shot but now the judge is dishonorably shown as seated. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Rest of the World Go By
Written by Ernest Ball (as Ernest R. Ball) and J. Keirn Brennan (as J.K. Brennan)
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Music, a division of Warner Brothers, Inc.
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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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