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Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)

The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.


Allan Eastman


Robert Hamilton, Robert Lacey (book)
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Henry Ford
Hope Lange ... Clara Ford
Heather Thomas ... Evangeline Cote
Michael Ironside ... Harry Bennett
R.H. Thomson ... Edsel Ford
Chas Lawther Chas Lawther ... Connors
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Spider Huff
Vlasta Vrana ... William Murphy
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Malcolmson
Nicholas Kilbertus Nicholas Kilbertus ... Jake Patterson
Ken Pogue ... Chief Watson
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... John Dodge
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Horace Dodge
Harry Hill ... Ford Butler
Walter Massey Walter Massey ... Dawson


The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.

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Biography | Drama




Canada | USA



Release Date:

11 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ford: El hombre y la máquina See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(2 parts) (DVD edition)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Biopic about the famous manager who revolutionized the industry
11 July 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This film is based on true events about Henry Ford's (Cliff Robertson)life and how he changed America , but specially his hardship way to the success . As his marriage to Clara (Hope Lange), his tempestuous relationship with his son (R.H.Thomson) , lover (Heather Thomas) and helper (Michael Ironside) , while keeping his family together .

At the beginning his juvenile life , Henry Ford worked as a mechanic but he early designed his own prototypes (Daimler and Benz had invented some of them too) . The firm was founded in 1903 at Dearborn and named ¨Ford Motor Company¨ with the model Ford T for the consumer society and the bourgeois family , appearing the XX century cars civilization , achieving a selling of fifteen millions . The working system consisted in a production line by means of an assembly line work which reduced costs and revolutionized the Enterprise , being its center the city of Detroit . The employees received a wage of five dollars a day and they bought their own Ford cars . Henry Ford got a big time ; however , he failed in peaceable campaign about First World War (1914-1918) and he discredit himself in anti-Jewish advertising in the 20s and the confrontation against the trade unions in the 30s . The film was well directed by Allan Eastman , an usual director of television movies .

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