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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.
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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:
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

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tucker: The Man and His Dream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,709,562, 14 August 1988

Gross USA:

$19,652,638

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,652,638
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

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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

Martin Landau was nominated for supporting actor. The following year he was nominated for best actor in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. Both Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola, both legendary at this point, worked on New York Stories in 1989. See more »

Goofs

When the car crashes on the test track, the rear bumper comes off. Moments later when the damaged car drives away, the rear bumper is fine. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: Isn't that the idea? To build a better mouse trap?
Abe: Not if you're a mouse!
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Crazy Credits

Photographs of the real Preston Tucker appear during the closing credits. 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

Referenced in Family Guy: Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Music Goes Round and Round
Music by Edward Farley and Mike Riley
Lyrics by Red Hodgson
Courtesy of Chappell & Co., Inc.
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream
17 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Underrated film about dreams and desire in the mind of Preston Tucker as he looked to create the car of the future. He faced hardship and defeat at the hands of politicians and other automakers. (Namely the Big Three) Bridges delivers Tucker with great heart and devotion while Landau (Oscar nominee) stands out as Tucker's friend and partner. Dean Stockwell makes a small cameo as Howard Hughes.


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