Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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Released 1988

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
Tucker: The Man and His Dreams is a 1988 drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the life of Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) and his quest to build the ultimate car of the future: the 1948 Tucker Torpedo. A brilliant engineer and hard-working family man, Tucker believes he can take on the big three automobile manufacturers and win. With the support of his wife, Vera Tucker (Joan Allen), and son Preston Tucker Jr. (Christian Slater), Tucker creates an automobile way ahead of its time. The Tucker Torpedo has disc-breaks, seat belts, a fuel-injected rear mounted engine, a padded dashboard, and a windshield that pops-out for safety during high impact collisions. With the help of financier Abe Karatz (Martin Landau), Tucker raises enough money to open a manufacturing plant by selling stock in the company.With the American dream within his grasp, Tucker's hard-won success begins to slip through his fingers. Faced with an antagonistic board of directors and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tucker enters into the fight of his life. Tucker has made up his mind: he will succeed or die trying.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    Stylistically, the film is a dream. But in every case, the style has a reason. [12 Aug 1988]

  • 70

    Variety

    Tucker represents the sunniest imaginable telling of an at least partly tragic episode in recent history.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Coppola's new film is not so much about the car as about the man, and it is with the man that he fails to deliver.

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