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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The transport plane that the car is loaded into on the ground is a C-123 Provider, which made its first flight in October, 1949. The particular variant depicted (with jet pods) did not appear until the 1960s. The air-to-air footage shows a different airplane, a DHC-4 Caribou, which first flew in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Abe: [to Tucker] ... When I was a little kid, maybe five years old, in the old country, my mother used to say to me; she'd warn me, she'd say, 'Don't get too close to people. You'll catch their dreams... '... Years later, I realized I misunderstood her... 'Germs', she said, not 'dreams', 'You'll catch their *germs*'...
[they both laugh]
Abe: I want you to know something, Tucker. I went into business with you for one reason - to make money. That's all... How was I to know...
[chokes up, head down]
Abe: ... if I ...
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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 La noche de...: Drácula de Bram Stoker (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Rest of the World Go By
Written by Ernest Ball (as Ernest R. Ball) and J. Keirn Brennan (as J.K. Brennan)
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Music, a division of Warner Brothers, Inc.
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An interesting look into some American automotive history.
12 November 1998 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Preston Tucker was a man with a dream. He actually advertised his new car and even took advanced orders for it. But the truth is that there was never a chance that Tucker would ever be able to deliver on his promises. Jeff Bridges plays the would be automotive tycoon with an Oscar going to his co-star Martin Landau for his portrayal of "Abe" Tucker's business manager. You will enjoy seeing most all of the remaining Tuckers in this film. This is a good film and I recommend it.


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