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Tucker: The Man and His Dream|Jeff Bridges
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen
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Overview

Francis Ford Coppola directed this truly American story based on the real-life struggles of one man and his fight against big government and large corporations. In 1945 Michigan, Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) created a car for the future equipped with fuel injection, a center headlight, seat belts, a rear engine, disc brakes, shatterproof glass, and a pop-out windshield. With the support of his wife (Joan Allen), his son (Christian Slater), and his business manager (Martin Landau in an Academy Award-nominated performance), Tucker produced fifty of his dream cars. However, Detroit's Big Three, with the help of a Washington senator (played by Jeff Bridges's father, Lloyd, in an uncredited role), set up significant roadblocks. Tucker is investigated for fraud and his plant is closed. Coppola had been planning to make a film based on the life of Preston Tucker since 1974. His own struggle to retain independence from the Hollywood studios mirrors the auto maverick's story. Of the 50 cars Tucker made, 46 are still roadworthy (Coppola and Executive Producer George Lucas each own one). Pop musician Joe Jackson composed the music for the film.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Jeff Bridges
Joan Allen
Martin Landau
Frederic Forrest
Mako
Dean Stockwell
Elias Koteas
Nina Siemaszko
Christian Slater
Corin ``Corky'' Nemec

 

    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray (Digital HD)
  • Run Time: 111
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398292845
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2000

Notes:
Theatrical release: August 12, 1988. The film is dedicated to Coppola's son Gio, who died two years earlier. Coppola's father was an original investor in Tucker stock--he lost every penny. "If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd be arrested for flying a kite without a license."--Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges)

Reviews:
"...TUCKER is the best thing [Coppola] has done in years....Bridges is just the right actor for the title role..." - 08/12/1988 New York Times, p.C8


"...A dazzling show....Stylistically, the film is a dream..." - 08/12/1988 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Vittorio Storaro's cinematography makes every shot look like a Rolls-Royce showroom..." - 11/03/2000 USA Today, p.10E