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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.

Genres:

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 - 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

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

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Of the 51 Tuckers ever made, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola each own two. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Preston Tucker: Abe. Gee I appreciate you stopping by. How long you got between trains?
Abe: You like this? living in the middle of nowhere? Cupa coffee, 2, 3 in the morning, you could die first.
Preston Tucker: Or you could go into the kitchen and make some
Abe: Who needs coffee, 2 in the morning? You sit down, read the paper, chew the fat with the waitress. Here, you look around, there's nothin' but scenery
Preston Tucker: I always thought we're the scenery. How do you like your coffee?
Abe: In the city.
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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

Rhythm Delivery
Written and Performed by Joe Jackson
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Not much but it's still good
26 October 2010 | by KnightsofNi11See all my reviews

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a good spirited story of perseverance, loyalty, honor, and integrity from legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola's name is synonymous with landmark cinema that changed the face of the film industry forever with classics like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. This movie is obviously not of that caliber, but it is an enjoyable experience nonetheless. In it, a thinner, younger, and clean shaven Jeff Bridges plays Preston Tucker, a likable businessman who had big ideas for the auto industry that would ultimately lead to bigger consequences. It's a true story about how one man tried to change the auto industry after World War II by creating the greatest car ever made. His financial support in the booming big government economy after WWII is an issue, but he perseveres through it all with the goal of achieving what others say is impossible. It's a happily inspiring tale, performed excellently by Mr. Bridges, one of my all time favorite actors.

Coppola shows in this movie that he can still be a fine director without the backing of a gangster or Vietnam war epic. He has a straightforward directing style for this straightforward film, but it doesn't fault a movie that mainly focuses on character and plot, rather than visual aesthetic. However, the film did get nominated at the Academy Awards for best Art Direction and Costume Design, and deservedly so. Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a period piece, and everything about the film stays true to its time frame. It is always interesting to see such a specific time period like the 1940's projected through an 80's lens, and Tucker: The Man and His Dream does a captivating job at this. The costumes are interesting and relevant, along with the set design and of course the cars. And it is all backed by a fantastic early 1900's jazz soundtrack.

The story itself stays mildly interesting the whole way through. It lags in some spots where not as much is happening, but it sets up for a great climax with a beautifully inspirational speech delivered by Bridges. The flow and pacing of the film has its noticeable issues and parts felt slightly choppy. The beginning of the film starts out with an infomercial/historical newsreel quirk that is very creative, but practically abandoned by the end of the film. Despite some minor flaws nothing significantly deteriorates the overall quality of the film.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a solid film that anyone can at least find mildly interesting, since it is based on a true story after all. Putting this film into today's perspective, it is still relevant and interesting what with all the auto industry crises going on today and how I'm sure we all wish we somebody as steadfast and innovative as Preston Tucker could pick the industry back up on its feet. I commend a film if it makes me think in terms of current events, so kudos to this film. I will say that as a Coppola film, it's nothing too special. I would obviously recommend the first two Godfathers and Apocalypse Now long before Tucker: The Man and His Dream. But as just another film, this movie is plenty enjoyable and interesting to watch.


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