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Tucker: The Man and His Dream -- In a dazzling portrayal by Jeff Bridges, Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. Against mighty odds he manages to build a fleet of them - only to have his factory shut down by Detroit's Big Three automobile manufacturers. They took away his car - but nobody could take away his dream.


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Arnold Schulman (writer)
David Seidler (writer)
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Release Date:
12 August 1988 (USA) See more »
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.
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Preston Tucker

Joan Allen ... Vera Tucker

Martin Landau ... Abe / Voice of Walter Winchell

Frederic Forrest ... Eddie

Mako ... Jimmy

Elias Koteas ... Alex Tremulis

Christian Slater ... Junior

Nina Siemaszko ... Marilyn Lee
Anders Johnson ... Johnny

Corin Nemec ... Noble Tucker (as Corky Nemec)

Marshall Bell ... Frank

Jay O. Sanders ... Kirby
Peter Donat ... Otto Kerner
Dean Goodman ... Bennington / Drew Pearson's Voice
John X. Heart ... Ferguson's Agent

Don Novello ... Stan
Patti Austin ... Millie
Sandy Bull ... Stan's Assistant
Joe Miksak ... Judge Igoe (as Joseph Miksak)
Scott Beach ... Floyd Cerf
Roland Scrivner ... Oscar Beasley

Dean Stockwell ... Howard Hughes
Bob Safford ... Narrator (voice)
Lawrence Menkin ... Doc (as Larry Menkin)
Ron Close ... Fritz

Joe Flood ... Dutch
Leonard Gardner ... Gas Station Owner
Bill Bonham ... Garage Owner
Abigail Van Alyn ... Ferguson's Secretary #1
Taylor Gilbert ... Ferguson's Secretary #2

David Booth ... Man in Hall
Jessie Nelson ... Woman on Steps
Al Hart ... Newscaster (voice)
Cab Covay ... Security Guard
James Cranna ... Man in Audience
Bill Reddick ... Board Member
Ed Loerke ... Mayor
Jay Jacobus ... Head Engineer
Anne Lawder ... Bennington's Secretary
Jeanette Lana Sartain ... Singing Girl
Mary Buffett ... Singing Girl
Annie Stocking ... Singing Girl

Michael McShane ... Recording Engineer
Hope Alexander-Willis ... Tucker's Secretary #1
Taylor Young ... Tucker's Secretary #2
Jim Giovanni ... Police Sergeant
Joe Lerer ... Reporter at Trial
Morgan Upton ... Ingram
Ken Grantham ... SEC Agent
Mark Anger ... Blue
Al Nalbandian ... Jury Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Beacock ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Lloyd Bridges ... Sen. Homer Ferguson (uncredited)

Sofia Coppola ... Girl at Mellon Publicity Event (uncredited)
David Kester ... Chicago Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Joe Murkijanian ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Neil O'Neill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Scappaticci ... Car Buyer (uncredited)

Theodore Carl Soderberg ... Investor (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arnold Schulman  writer
David Seidler  writer

Produced by
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... associate producer (as Teri Fettis)
Fred Fuchs .... producer
George Lucas .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Jackson 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
Film Editing by
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Alex Tavoularis 
Set Decoration by
Armin Ganz 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Makeup Department
Terry Baliel .... assistant hair stylist (as Terrell Baliel)
Karen Bradley .... assistant makeup artist
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ian Bryce .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director (as Daniel Suhart)
Art Department
Roger Dietz .... paint foreman
Robert C. Goldstein .... set designer (as Bob Goldstein)
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Douglas Madison)
Douglas T. Madison .... assistant property master (as Douglas Madison Jr.)
Jim Pohl .... set designer
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Rutchland)
Doug von Koss .... lead man
Holly Walker .... assistant props
Kristin Argue .... drapery (uncredited)
John Lister .... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... carpenter (uncredited)
Paul Swendsen .... muralist (uncredited)
Thom Taylor .... conceptual art (uncredited)
Kevin Thompson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Doug E. Williams .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... supervising re-recording mixer
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Nicole Boris .... assistant sound editor
Melissa Dietz .... dialogue editor
Michael Evje .... production sound mixer
D.G. Fisher .... boom operator
Clare C. Freeman .... assistant sound editor (as Clare Freeman)
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Mildred Iatrou .... assistant sound designer (as Milly Iatrou)
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Diana Pellegrini .... foley editor
Michele Perrone .... assistant sound editor
Martha Pike .... assistant sound editor
E. Jeane Putnam .... assistant sound editor (as Jeane Putnam)
George Reinhardt .... cable person
Louise Rubacky .... adr editor
Paige Sartorius .... assistant sound editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Dennis Leonard .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Patrick Moriarty .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Greg Smith .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Pier .... special effects supervisor
John Palmer .... special effects project supervisor: WonderWorks (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robert Finley Jr. .... effects man (as Bob Finley Jr.)
Steve Gawley .... visual effects modelmaker (uncredited)
Tony Hudson .... modeler: ILM (uncredited)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera
Dick Dova .... key grip (as Richard Dova Spah)
Bob Finley III .... best boy
Pat Fitzsimmons .... gaffer
David Heron .... dolly grip
Doug Hunt .... second assistant camera
Leo Loverro .... dolly grip
Alfredo Marchetti .... crane grip
Deborah Morgan .... second assistant camera
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Dennis Pope .... second grip
Michael Santy .... first assistant camera
Dave Childers .... grip (uncredited)
Bobby Powell .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aleta Chappelle .... location casting
Davia Nelson .... location casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costume supervisor (as Winnie Brown)
Louis Infante .... key costumer (as Louis Infante III)
Colleen Kelsall .... assistant to costume designer (as Coleen Kelsall)
Judianna Makovsky .... assistant costume designer
Jill Maley .... key costumer
Anne Polland .... key costumer (as Annie Polland)
Dale Wibben .... cutter/fitter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Roderick W. Finney .... second assistant film editor (as Roderick W. Finney)
Louise Rubacky .... first assistant film editor
Location Management
Rory Enke .... location manager
Susan Griffin .... assistant location manager
Jonathan Shedd .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music editor
Carmine Coppola .... composer: additional music
Joe Jackson .... music arranger
Jeffery Stephens .... assistant music editor
Jeff Kliment .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Collins .... transportation coordinator
Tom Renshaw .... picture car coordinator
Damon Viola .... military vehicle supplier (uncredited)
Other crew
Elizabeth Ann Bundschu .... assistant to producer
Fabio Cafolla .... console operator
Filippo Cafolla .... consultant
Tony Dingman .... defensive coordinator
Philip S. Egan .... consultant
Susan Landau Finch .... unit publicist (as Susan Landau)
Tom Fox .... electronic cinema staff
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
K.C. Hodenfield .... production assistant
Linda Knechtli .... assistant accountant
Kimberly Nelson LoCascio .... production secretary (as Kimberly K. Nelson)
Ted Macklin .... electronic cinema staff
Robert J. Mooney .... production assistant
Joe Murphy .... production accountant
Maureen Murphy .... production coordinator
Anahid Nazarian .... researcher
Kristen Ross .... production assistant
Paula Tracy Smuin .... choreographer
Tom Sparks .... technical advisor
Sara Ström .... assistant: Mr. Coppola
Cynthia Tucker-Fordon .... publicity assistant
Enrico Umetelli .... consultant
Jack Gallagher .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Gary Gutierrez .... title designer (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Coppola]Sofia.See more »
Anachronisms: The transport plane that the car is loaded into on the ground is a C-123 Provider, which made its first flight in October, 1949. The particular variant depicted (with jet pods) did not appear until the 1960s. The air-to-air footage shows a different airplane, a DHC-4 Caribou, which first flew in 1958.See more »
Preston Tucker:Isn't that the idea? To build a better mouse trap?
Abe:Not if you're a mouse!
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
This is one not to be missed., 21 May 2001
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Thus is a superb movie. Firstly, the story line is just great. The true story of a man who fights against all the odds to realize his dream. Secondly, it's hard to imagine a better cast. They do an extraordinary job in bringing to life all the wonderful characters involved. Jeff Bridges is perfect as Tucker, and Landau is brilliant as the money man. But what really makes this work, is the way Tucker's undying spirit is brought out. He seems to lose the battle of making cars, but wins the ultimate battle of fulfilling himself and keeping his integrity. {"They're only machines, the idea's the important thing."] Over the years, I have collected many hundreds of movies, but this one has to be in the top ten. By the way, I just loved the music sound track. Very 40's.

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