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      Tucker: The Man and His Dream

      1988, Biography/History, 1h 51m

      47 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Though it may not be as comprehensive as some would like, Francis Ford Coppola's cheerful biopic of the failed automotive designer features sparkling direction and a strong central performance from Jeff Bridges. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Obsessed with cars since childhood, inventor Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) has his first successful auto design partnership in the 1930s and designs a successful gun turret for World War II use. With those achievements under his belt, Tucker is determined to create a futuristic car for the masses: the Tucker Torpedo. However, his dreams are challenged by Detroit's auto manufacturers, production problems and accusations of stock fraud, and he is forced to defend his dream and honesty in court.

      • Rating: PG

      • Genre: Biography, History, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Francis Ford Coppola

      • Producer: Fred Roos, Fred Fuchs

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $19.2M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Paramount Pictures

      • Production Co: Lucasfilm Ltd.

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jeff Bridges
      Joan Allen
      Martin Landau
      Mako
      Dean Stockwell
      Elias Koteas
      Nina Siemaszko
      Christian Slater
      Corin Nemec
      Marshall Bell
      Don Novello
      Peter Donat
      Dean Goodman
      Patti Austin
      George Lucas
      Fred Roos
      Carmine Coppola
      Harry DeCosta
      Edward Farley
      Vittorio Storaro
      Dean Tavoularis
      Alex Tavoularis
      Armin Ganz
      H. Gordon Boos

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      • Jan 03, 2019

        Last night I watched Tucker: The Man and His Dream, starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This is the true post World War II story of a man who got screwed by the Big Three American automotive makers. Screwed why? Because he had the audacity to design a car that stressed safety and could be produced and offered at low prices. What could be worse for the progress of the automobile, right? Well, now days many of his ideas have been stolen, I mean implemented, by other companies, things as basic and smart as safety belts and padded dashboards. If you like cars, you'll love this movie. Tucker only produced 50 cars, but there are are still perhaps 44 or 45 in existence. You can bet they're not inexpensive now, guaranteed. I'm biased because Bridges is one of my favorite actors; he always gives you your money's worth. A true professional. And Martin Landau, nominated for an Oscar for his performance here, does one of his best jobs ever, right up there with his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, for which he did win an Academy Award. But these beautiful cars are the true stars of this show. All fifty perform a parade sequence at the end that is stunning. They look like 50 pieces of candy. You want to bite into them. Hollywood did one hell of a great job building those cars for this movie.

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      • Nov 20, 2011

        Tucker. Never heard of him till I stumbled upon this movie (which was just yesterday). Or should I say that I'd never heard of this movie till y'day??!!! (Take your pick from the one that sounds more appealing.) Maybe because the movie didn't have any moment that lingers in your mind for long. Everyone have put in their sincere effort at every level, but not exceptional. The fact that it's based on real life person who struggled hard for success (and whose life story could have been more inspiring) doesn't help it any because it has a feel of "been there, seen it all". As much as I applaud his efforts to realize his dreams, I still gotta admit that the movie was a plain mediocre which doesn't incline me the least to learn more about him or check out how much historically correct the movie was (which happens more often than not for such movies). PS: I know some might feel that it's not fair to consider a movie mediocre just because it's presented without much dramatization, but that's how the score stands for me. Can't fight fact!!!

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      • Sep 03, 2010

        Coppola's tribute to Preston Tucker, inventor and loose cannon, is an enjoyable biopic with some messages relevant even today. While the story takes the most optimistic view of the emergence of the Tucker automobile, it's appropriate, since Tucker himself was one of those irrepressible optimists. Jeff Bridges is fascinating as Tucker, and you can't help catch the fever and root for him, and his car. There's a number of good acting turns in this film, including a bizarre appearance by Dean Stockwell as Howard Hughes. Coppola nicely reproduces the atmosphere and media frenzy of the time, as well as an interesting courtroom scene. The film clips right along, and you get an interesting view of the power of the established US car companies (how far they've fallen since then!) after the Second World War. Some liberties were taken with the historicity to fit the screenplay, but overall, it captures the essence of who Tucker was, and what his cause faced. The film wasn't a commercial success, but it's worth your time because of the interesting subject matter, and a great 'underdog' story. Recommended.

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      • Feb 07, 2010

        This is a very good movie. First the story is great it is true story of a man who fights against all the odds to realize his dream. 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 excellent his Tucker. Also the atmosphere in this film (1940) is very good and the old music is wonderful. The cinematography is great, too, with great colour. But the car is super to look at and admire. 1948 Tucker Sedan <div style="width:510px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/tucker-the-man-and-his-dream-12404427"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/40/44/12404427_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>

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