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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Preston Tucker
... Vera
... Abe
... Eddie
... Jimmy
... Alex Tremulis
... Junior
... Marilyn Lee
Anders Johnson ... Johnny
... Noble (as Corky Nemec)
... Frank
... Kirby
... Kerner
Dean Goodman ... Bennington
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

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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.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker - Ein Mann und sein Traum  »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Michael McShane's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Tucker is in his plant contemplating his impending demise, he drops his cigarette and puts it out, but in the next scene, he continues to press down his foot like there's a cigarette underneath it, but when he walks away nothing is there. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: [making his closing arguments to the jury] ... When I was a boy, I used to, uh... I used to read all about Edison, and the Wright brothers... Mr. Ford, they were, they were my heroes... 'rags to riches' that's not just the name of a book; that's, what this country was all about!... We invented the free enterprise system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to... If he came up with a better idea, about ANYTHING, there's no limit to how far he could go.....
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Crazy Credits

Photographs of the real Preston Tucker appear during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Drácula de Bram Stoker (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm Delivery
Written and Performed by Joe Jackson
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Coppola's dream as much as Tucker's, the story of two or three visionaries
18 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Francis Ford Coppola first thought of making Tucker as a dark Brechtian musical back in the 70s and went so far as to have Leonard Bernstein think about the music. When he actually made the film in 1987, Joe Jackson provided the hopped-up big band licks and gave Mr. Coppola his best score since Rumblefish. No matter -- it's as much a director's biography in hidden form as ever there was, Fellini, Bergman, and Woody Allen notwithstanding. Mr. Coppola is the visionary who tried to buck the system and almost succeeded only to be brought down by forces, real and imagined, that control the way things run. Preston Tucker had a rocket ship of a car with turnable headlights and seat belts; Mr. Coppola had great movies about wiretappers, the nightmare of war, and a silly bit of off-beat stuff about lovers in Vegas. The specific points of such a parallel biography need not be driven into the ground here -- suffice it to say that one can imagine a young Francis telling his younger, equally visionary associate and design nut George Lucas (executive producing here) to grow a beard -- just as Jeff Bridges, in a career-highlight performance, tells his engineer played by Elias Koteas. Lovely Joan Allen plays Tucker's devoted, whip-smart wife -- an Eleanor substitute -- and Christian Slater is Tucker's eldest son, perhaps a stand-in for Coppola's son, Gio, who died before the film was made and to whom it is dedicated. Brash, fun, funny, melodramatic -- a visual feast that plays on 40s and 50s conventions -- Tucker: the Man and His Dream couldn't be a better collaboration between visionaries: Coppola, Lucas, and Preston Tucker.


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