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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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Technical Specs

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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

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 »

Goofs

While discussing a new plant, Abe says that the plant is "73 acres long." An acre is a unit of space, not of distance. See more »

Quotes

Abe: Cars? You brought me here for cars?
Preston Tucker: [laughs, indicates a drawing] Does that look like a car to you? THAT, is a gold mine I'm handing you on a silver platter.
Abe: Forget it; you got no chance.
Preston Tucker: Now how can you say that? You haven't even heard my ideas yet.
Abe: Ideas? Einstein's in the idea business; he makes up numbers so high only dogs can hear them. But what does it cost him? a piece of paper, a couple of pencils.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jay Leno's Garage: The Cars of Tomorrow (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Written by Louis Lambert (as Patrick Gilmore)
Band arrangement by Mark Adler
Courtesy of Tusken Music
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Gutsy, smart, way ahead of the curve
25 September 2004 | by tmchesserSee all my reviews

It's been a while since I saw this movie, and I was already acquainted with they story when I realized they'd made a movie about it. The movie lives up to the reality.

No question, Preston Tucker was brilliant. When Uncle Sam requested designs for combat vehicles, he submitted, and demonstrated, a design which significantly blew away all competitors. He was turned down because his design significantly outperformed what Uncle Sam asked for. Small-minded individuals, mired in the relatively wimpy requirements, wouldn't take the more advanced design. It boggled his mind that they would turn down "steak with all the trimmings" in exchange for a "plain hamburger." I've been in the Military, so it doesn't surprise me.

When he wanted to make a point about safety, emphasizing the need for safety glass and seatbelts (which were NOT standard equipment at the time), he invited the appropriate people to lunch, served medium-rare roast beef, then showed pictures of people who'd died in car accidents. Lots of blood, lots of "raw meat." My driver's education teacher, trying to convince us to be safer drivers, did the same (minus the fancy lunch). Anyway, the similarities between what they saw on the screen, and what they'd just eaten, caused many of them to be "re-acquainted" with their lunch. I sincerely doubt they ever forgot the presentation, and his point was very well made.

I like this guy. He's whip-smart, practical, maybe a little too optimistic.

I identify with him.

And they broke him.

Welcome to reality. Bites, doesn't it?

In the end, he knows he's beaten, but he still gets the last word in. I hope I manage to do so well.


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