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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

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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.
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Preston Tucker
Joan Allen ... Vera
Martin Landau ... Abe
Frederic Forrest ... Eddie
Mako ... Jimmy
Elias Koteas ... Alex Tremulis
Christian Slater ... Junior
Nina Siemaszko ... Marilyn Lee
Anders Johnson Anders Johnson ... Johnny
Corin Nemec ... Noble (as Corky Nemec)
Marshall Bell ... Frank
Jay O. Sanders ... Kirby
Peter Donat ... Kerner
Dean Goodman Dean Goodman ... Bennington
John X. Heart John X. Heart ... Ferguson's Agent
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,709,562, 14 August 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,652,638
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The former Dodge plant in Chicago was as big as stated (now Ford City Shopping Center). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

The opening credits play over footage done in the style of a Tucker promotional film. The 2018 Blu-ray Disc release of the film includes the actual promo film as a bonus feature, with optional Francis Ford Coppola commentary. See more »

Alternate Versions

2018 Blu-ray Disc release features a newly-film introduction to the film by director Francis Ford Coppola. See more »

Connections

References Incendiary Blonde (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
By Harry DeCosta, Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca (as D. James LaRocca),
Tony Sbarbaro (as Anthony Sbarbaro), Larry Shields
Performed by Joe Jackson
Courtesy of SBK Feist Catalogue Inc.
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A nearly perfect movie
8 May 2003 | by IdocamstufSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie was in an Intro To Occupations class, I really enjoyed it that time, and when it came on TV, I taped it because I liked it so much. Jeff Bridges deserved an oscar nomination for his outstanding performance as the determined Preston Tucker who has a dream to built a car, we get to see his progress, and dissapointments in the process. A nice supporting cast also livens the movie up even more. This is an extrememly memorable film with excellent performances and direction. This is a film that more people should see. ***1/2 out of ****.


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