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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  12 August 1988 (USA)
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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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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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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,652,638 (USA)
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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

When the car crashes on the test track, the rear bumper comes off. Moments later when the damaged car drives away, the rear bumper is fine. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: Isn't that the idea? To build a better mouse trap?
Abe: Not if you're a mouse!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Under the Hood: Making 'Tucker' (2000) See more »

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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 (las vegas, nv) – 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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