A Sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Viet Nam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old Army buddy.
Francis Ford Coppola
James Earl Jones
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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
The Tucker that was crashed in this film was a Studebaker fitted with a replica Tucker front end. This car is now in the Tallahasse Antique Car Museum in Tallahassee, Florida. See more »
During the nighttime scene between Tucker and Abe outside the Tucker plant, the red lit Tucker sign is on, then off, then on again before it is finally switched off along with all the other exterior lights. See more »
[after the trial outside the courthouse, with lots of spectators admiring Tucker's cars]
They *love* the cars, the people! Drives me crazy, that the motor company's dead... They'll never be made!
We made 'em.
Aw, what's the difference - fifty or fifty million. That's only machinery!... It's the *idea* that counts, Abe... The dream...
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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 »
2018 Blu-ray Disc release features a newly-film introduction to the film by director Francis Ford Coppola. See more »
Boy, what a frustrating film to watch....even though it is very good and has been a part of my collection for a number of years now. Still, it's hard to see the good guy, the little guy, beaten up by the big guys. Here's one story where Goliath beats David.
Anyway, this was an interesting supposedly- true-life story of how Preston Tucker got a raw deal form the Big Three car-makers of the day, and by the government after he built a much better automobile in 1948. The film details how the big boys made sure Tucker's company never sold any of those cars.
As mentioned, it's maddening to watch at times, to hear lies and false charges brought against a man who had the right ideas about car safety and engineering and was way ahead of his time.
The 1940s atmosphere in this film is very good and the old music is fun to hear, too. The cinematography is great, too, with some tinted vintage-type color at times. It looks wonderful on DVD.
The car is super to look at and admire. Jeff Bridges does a solid job of portraying Tucker, an upbeat, positive-thinking inventor. It also was refreshing to see a nice, supportive family, too. I enjoyed all the main actors in this film: Bridges, Joan Alen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forest, Elias Koteas and Christian Slater
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