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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

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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Eddie
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Jimmy
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Alex Tremulis
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Junior
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Marilyn Lee
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Johnny
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Noble (as Corky Nemec)
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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

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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tucker: Un hombre y su sueño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,652,638
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The former Dodge plant in Chicago was as big as stated (now Ford City Shopping Center). See more »

Goofs

When Tucker is in his plant contemplating his impending demise, he drops his cigarette and puts it out, but in the next scene, he continues to press down his foot like there's a cigarette underneath it, but when he walks away nothing is there. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tucker Jingle
Music by Carmine Coppola
Lyrics by Arnold Schulman
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Excellent But Frustrating Story
20 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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