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Flash of Genius (2008)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  3 October 2008 (USA)
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Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

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Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, Flash of Genius tells the tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win. The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to ... Written by Anonymous

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They had the power. He had the truth. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,251,075 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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$4,234,040 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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Kearns' real reason for consistently rejecting the escalating out-of-court settlements offered by Ford is significantly underplayed in the movie. His primary motive was not a public apology, but rather to be given the exclusive manufacturing rights. See more »

Goofs

As the Kearns family is proposing a toast in the diner (celebrating his invention), you can see a white 2008 Acura pulling out of the garage across the street. See more »

Quotes

Bob Kearns: Whatever happened to this little thing called justice we talked about?
Gregory Lawson: This is justice, Bob. This is how justice is dispensed in this country - with checkbooks. There are no brass bands, you know, there are no ticker tape parades, the mayor doesn't give you the key to the city and call you a hero. You get a check, and that check makes the lives of you and your family a little easier... a little more pleasant. It's that simple.
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Today there are over 145 million automobiles on the road with the Intermittent Windshield Wiper. See more »

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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Too Many Fish in the Sea
Written by Norman Whitfield (as Norman Whitfield Jr.) and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Liam Titcomb
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Well acted and executed, but slightly mundane.
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Saw the very first showing of this tonight at the Traverse City Film Festival. It was a good movie and Greg Kinnear was very good. The film felt too restricted and hyper focused on the primary movie subject, Bob Kearns. It could have been made better by infusing a bit of side-story from the conflicting characters points of view. Bob Kearns low point in the movie also seemed to happen abruptly with no run-in to the plot twist, so much so that I felt like I missed something. Lauren Graham offered a fine performance, as did Dermot Mulroney's limited screen time. Overall I liked the movie but felt more could have been done to fill some gaps.


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