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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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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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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker: Un hombre y su sueño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,652,638
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(Technicolor)

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The "junk" car used as the starting point for the prototype of the Tucker car started life as a 1942 Oldsmobile. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, they pass by the Oaklane Theater. The marquee advertises Betty Hutton in Incendiary Blonde, but it's 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*'...
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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 Under the Hood: Making 'Tucker' (2000) 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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Coppola proves he's still at the top of his game
19 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Overlooked yet highly entertaining drama from director Francis Ford Coppola and producer George Lucas, an amusing and nostalgic look at real-life idea man Preston Tucker who, in 1945, developed the Car of Tomorrow and hoped to put Detroit's auto business out of commission. A smart, knowing take on the past, a nice comeback from Coppola but one that did little business. The film has gleaming photography, a jaunty pace and a great cast. Jeff Bridges, not the most subtle actor, gives one of his finest performances in the lead. Supporting cast is made up of pros (Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest, Dean Stockwell) and fresh new talent (circa 1988) such as Joan Allen and the incredible Elias Koteas. *** from ****


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