Tucker: The Man and His Dream

 1988 | Docudrama | 110 minutes | English


 In 1945, as World War II dies down, Detroit engineer, Preston Tucker, with support from his wife Vera, is determined to build the “car of the future.” Tucker hires young designer Alex Tremulis and recruits Abe Karatz to handle finances. They purchase the enormous Dodge Chicago plant and with the aid of production manager, Robert Bennington, they begin making the Tucker Torpedo cars. While Tucker is traveling around the country promoting the car, the three big automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, with the help of Michigan Senator Homer S. Ferguson, are busy sabotaging theTucker car. Preston is next confronted with allegations of stock fraud which prompts Karatz to resign. Ultimately Preston’s legal issues are resolved and he produces 50 Tucker Torpedo cars. But the big three auto makers are relentless and eventually Preston Tucker’s dream ends in a painful bankruptcy.  

Jeff Bridges (Preston Tucker) / Joan Allen (Vera Tucker) / Martin Landau (Abe Karatz) / Elias Koteas (Alex Tremulis) / Lloyd Bridges (Senator Homer Ferguson)
Why Stream This Film?
Preston Tucker was a man ahead of his time. Car innovations he designed that were considered unworkable at the time have now been adapted by all major car manufacturers: aerodynamic styling, padded dash, seatbelts, fuel injection, and disc brakes.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 84%
  • Metacritic Score: 74
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Martin Landau)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Martin Landau)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
TUCKER is the best thing director Francis Ford Coppola has done in years. TUCKER is both a paean to the inventor’s ingenuity and a lament for the lack of understanding that surrounds him. Filling the screen with images of hope and promise, from W.P.A. murals to the actors’ sharp new clothes, Mr. Coppola gives the film a bouyant yet impassioned tone.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

The entire film gleams with the allure of lacquered sheet metal and hurtles forward with the supercharged art and refined science of reinvigorated, industrial-strength movie-studio craft, which Coppola and his crew raise to new heights of imagination.
Richard Brody

The New Yorker

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