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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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Jimmy
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Marilyn Lee
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Johnny
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Noble (as Corky Nemec)
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Kirby
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Kerner
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Bennington
John X. Heart ...
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

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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

Four Tucker replicas on 1974 Ford chassis were constructed for the film. One of these, in Tucker-trademark Waltz Blue color, has been donated to the Ypsilanti (MI) Automotive History Collection by members of the family of Preston Tucker. See more »

Goofs

The model car that the Tukerette uses at the unveiling to demonstrate how the engine can be removed for repairs has a front engine and different styling than the actual Tucker car. It is possible of course that this model is historically accurate for what may have been used at the actual unveiling of the Tucker. See more »

Quotes

Abe: Cars? You brought me here for cars?
Preston Tucker: [laughs, indicates a drawing] Does that look like a car to you? THAT, is a gold mine I'm handing you on a silver platter.
Abe: Forget it; you got no chance.
Preston Tucker: Now how can you say that? You haven't even heard my ideas yet.
Abe: Ideas? Einstein's in the idea business; he makes up numbers so high only dogs can hear them. But what does it cost him? a piece of paper, a couple of pencils.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Song of India
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arrangement by Bob Wilber
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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TUCKER--What a historical film should be.
17 January 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Impressive styling of the 1940s era and fine direction from Francis Coppola, whose middle name is Ford (ha!), makes TUCKER a historical tribute to the revolutionary, all-too-superior "car of tomorrow" that never was destined to bury the Big Three. It's not an entire biography of his life, but an account of triumphs and trials in his short-lived business. Jeff Bridges' character he portrays is a cheerful, mind-mannered guy who dreamed of making these autos since his childhood. There's plenty to like in this nostalgic trip, as this was made in a genuine vintage style. The opening best compares to a true classic sales promo, an indication of brilliant film work. Joe Jackson's cool 40s tunes he composed are extremely well made, although they get in the way sometimes. Drive on over to the video mart and check this selection out! Perhaps if we all had a Tucker....


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