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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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Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)
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Ferguson's Agent
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 sueño  »

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

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 »

Goofs

Widescreen images dependent upon lenses not available until 1953 even for theatrical films are used in internal documentaries and the public relation footage in a movie set in 1947 or 1948. See more »

Quotes

Abe: [to Tucker] ... When I was a little kid, maybe five years old, in the old country, my mother used to say to me; she'd warn me, she'd say, 'Don't get too close to people. You'll catch their dreams... '... Years later, I realized I misunderstood her... 'Germs', she said, not 'dreams', 'You'll catch their *germs*'...
[they both laugh]
Abe: I want you to know something, Tucker. I went into business with you for one reason - to make money. That's all... How was I to know...
[chokes up, head down]
Abe: ... if I ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
Recorded by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of The Welk Record Group
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This movie has style
28 December 1998 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Every decade has a style. The 1940's after the war had a very slick style. This movie has plenty of this slick style. The music is some of the best swing and the camera work and some of the way shots are framed is excellent. You can't look past the acting either. Everybody plays their part to the fullest and there is a wonderful cameo by the late Lloyd Bridges as a dirty politician. If you like cars, rent this movie. If you like the 40's, rent this movie. If you like good movies, rent this movie. This is one of the most underrated movies in the last 15 years.


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