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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  »

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

The Tucker that was crashed in this film was a Studebaker fitted with a replica Tucker front end. This car is now in the Tallahasse Antique Car Museum in Tallahassee, Florida. 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

[Closing title card]: Although only fifty Tuckers were ever produced, forty six of them are still road worthy and in use today. Tucker's innovations of aerodynamic styling, padded dash, pop out windows, seat belts, fuel injection and disc brakes were slowly adopted by Detroit and are found in the cars you are driving now. Preston Tucker died of an illness six years after the trial, but his ideas will live forever.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Unidentified Flying Oddball (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Rest of the World Go By
Written by Ernest Ball (as Ernest R. Ball) and J. Keirn Brennan (as J.K. Brennan)
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Music, a division of Warner Brothers, Inc.
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The magic of dreams
7 December 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A beautiful film which captures the spirit of a man's struggle to make his dream come true. Jeff Bridges is invincible in the role of Preston Tucker and effortlessly pulls the viewer inside the mind and spirit of this maverick entrepreneur who brought to the automotive industry seat belts, fuel injection, pop-out windows and most of all a legend called the Tucker Torpedo.

Acting just oozes out of this fine actor and id consider it as his best performance ever. Excellent direction,screenplay and soundtrack. great duologue's too. especially "can any one in this room look me in the eye and say we cant do it" and on hearings a non-affirmative he replies "except you".

The courtroom speech is something which recharges your spirit and fills your body with passion. Very true as he puts it " fifty or fifty million...thats only machinery..its the idea that counts..the dream.."


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