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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

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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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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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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

A bottle of Rubicon wine can be seen on the dinner table. This is a wine produced by the vineyard owned by Francis Ford Coppola. See more »

Goofs

During the early drive sequence which is supposed to be taking place in Ypsilanti, Michigan (700 feet above sea level), the California mountains can clearly be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: "Big ships fine," Confucius say. "Rowboats long in tooth, make big noise, go nowhere."
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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

Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Tucker Jingle
Music by Carmine Coppola
Lyrics by Arnold Schulman
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Nice movie, a pity about the facts
25 February 2004 | by penseurSee all my reviews

Those into 1940s period atmosphere and those interested in classic cars should like this. There's plenty of nice clothes, colors, swing music and of course cars. Jeff Bridge's portrayal of Tucker is charming even if it doesn't quite ring true. And maybe Vera Tucker was as sexy as Joan Allen. The problem is that the real story is a bit different from this typically Hollywood camped up version. Tucker was ambitious and daring but took on more than he could succeed with for technical and practical reasons in the time period that he set himself. The SEC took him and five associates to court because his cars didn't have all the technical features that he had promised investors in his prospectus they would. That stymied his ability to raise the money he needed to produce the 300,000 cars he had orders for. It was not a case of the "big three" motor companies acting to crush him - in fact Ford gave him steering wheels for the Lincoln Zephyr as a gesture of help. The legacy is those attractive 51 cars that were produced which are today very highly valued.


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