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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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Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
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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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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

There is a painting/mural of Nikola Tesla shown at least twice during the Tucker trial. See more »

Goofs

The transport plane that the car is loaded into on the ground is a C-123 Provider, which made its first flight in October, 1949. The particular variant depicted (with jet pods) did not appear until the 1960s. The air-to-air footage shows a different airplane, a DHC-4 Caribou, which first flew in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: Abe. Gee I appreciate you stopping by. How long you got between trains?
Abe: You like this? living in the middle of nowhere? Cupa coffee, 2, 3 in the morning, you could die first.
Preston Tucker: Or you could go into the kitchen and make some
Abe: Who needs coffee, 2 in the morning? You sit down, read the paper, chew the fat with the waitress. Here, you look around, there's nothin' but scenery
Preston Tucker: I always thought we're the scenery. How do you like your coffee?
Abe: In the city.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Music Goes Round and Round
Music by Edward Farley and Mike Riley
Lyrics by Red Hodgson
Courtesy of Chappell & Co., Inc.
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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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