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
While in post-production of Apocalypse Now (1979), Francis Ford Coppola met with Burt Reynolds about playing Preston Tucker, stating how much he resembled the young Tucker in real life. Unfortunately delays due to story development and logistics as well as commitments to other projects, the film was not made until 1988, by which time Reynolds was too old to play the part. See more »
When Tucker is in his plant contemplating his impending demise, he drops his cigarette and puts it out, but in the next scene, he continues to press down his foot like there's a cigarette underneath it, but when he walks away nothing is there. See more »
[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!
We made 'em.
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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Photographs of the real Preston Tucker appear during the closing credits. See more »
Boy, what a frustrating film to watch....even though it is very good and has been a part of my collection for a number of years now. Still, it's hard to see the good guy, the little guy, beaten up by the big guys. Here's one story where Goliath beats David.
Anyway, this was an interesting supposedly- true-life story of how Preston Tucker got a raw deal form the Big Three car-makers of the day, and by the government after he built a much better automobile in 1948. The film details how the big boys made sure Tucker's company never sold any of those cars.
As mentioned, it's maddening to watch at times, to hear lies and false charges brought against a man who had the right ideas about car safety and engineering and was way ahead of his time.
The 1940s atmosphere in this film is very good and the old music is fun to hear, too. The cinematography is great, too, with some tinted vintage-type color at times. It looks wonderful on DVD.
The car is super to look at and admire. Jeff Bridges does a solid job of portraying Tucker, an upbeat, positive-thinking inventor. It also was refreshing to see a nice, supportive family, too. I enjoyed all the main actors in this film: Bridges, Joan Alen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forest, Elias Koteas and Christian Slater
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