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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Poster

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Of the 51 Tuckers ever made, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola each own two.
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Jeff Bridges wears cufflinks formerly owned by the real Preston Tucker.
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As depicted in the movie, the Tucker vehicle had rear-hinged coach doors, which would be known as "suicide doors" for their risk to rear passengers if they accidentally open while the car was in motion - ironic since the Tucker car had pioneered safety features.
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In real life at the end of his criminal trial, Preston Tucker had only eight cars - not 50 as shown in this film - taken to the courthouse.
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When Preston Tucker is walking Sen. Ferguson to his car, Ferguson tells him, "Problems are opportunities in work clothes. That's a quote from my friend Henry J. Kaiser." Kaiser also took on the Big Three at the same time Tucker did when he teamed with Joseph Frazer to form the Kaiser-Frazer Motor Corp. in 1946. Kaiser's cars were equipped with some of the same safety features (pop-out windshields, shatterproof glass, padded dash) the Tucker had. The 1947-48 Kaiser-Frazer cars even used the same outside door handles as the Tucker.
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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.
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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.
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Francis Ford Coppola originally planned on making a biopic of Tucker after he completed The Godfather: Part II (1974) and wanted to cast Marlon Brando as Preston Tucker. The film Coppola actually did make after the sequel was Apocalypse Now (1979), with Brando appearing as Col. Kurtz.
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There is a painting/mural of Nikola Tesla shown at least twice during the Tucker trial.
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Much of the information about Preston Tucker was gathered by Francis Ford Coppola and came from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It took Coppola several years, using the Freedom of Information Act, to finally obtain access to the SEC's detailed files about Tucker.
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A bottle of Rubicon wine can be seen on the dinner table. This is a wine produced by the vineyard owned by Francis Ford Coppola.
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The former Dodge plant in Chicago was as big as stated (now Ford City Shopping Center).
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The H6 engine (six-cylinder horizontally opposed "FLAT") built by "Air Cooled Motor Co." is very similar to engines used on Porsche 911s, some Subarus and many civilian aircraft to this day. It had overhead valves (pushrods) and was converted to be water-cooled. It was 335ci displacement 5470 (slightly smaller then a "small block" Chevy V8) and had 166bhp with 372lb. of torque.
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While in post-production of Apocalypse Now (1979), Francis Ford Coppola met with Burt Reynolds about playing Preston Tucker, stating how much he resembled the young Tucker in real life. Unfortunately delays due to story development and logistics as well as commitments to other projects, the film was not made until 1988, by which time Reynolds was too old to play the part.
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The "junk" car used as the starting point for the prototype of the Tucker car started life as a 1942 Oldsmobile.
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The Tucker never did have fuel injection as originally advertised.
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Unused music by John Williams.
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Michael McShane's film debut.
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Francis Ford Coppola offered Jack Nicholson the role of Preston Tucker.
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