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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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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.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bridges
Preston Thomas Tucker
Joan Allen
Vera Tucker(Fuqua)
Martin Landau
Abe Karatz, Voice of Walter Winchell on radio
Mako
Jimmy Sakuyama
Dean Stockwell
Howard Hughes
Elias Koteas
Alex Tremulis
Nina Siemaszko
Marilyn Lee Tucker
Christian Slater
Junior Tucker
Corin Nemec
Noble Tucker
Marshall Bell
Frank the Press Agent
Don Novello
Stan, Promo Filmmaker
Peter Donat
Kerner, Prosecuter
Dean Goodman
Bennington, Drew Pearson's Voice
Patti Austin
Millie, Tucker's Maid
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Fred Roos
Producer
Carmine Coppola
Original Music
Harry DeCosta
Original Music
Edward Farley
Original Music
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Dean Tavoularis
Production Design
Alex Tavoularis
Art Direction
Armin Ganz
Set Decoration
H. Gordon Boos
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Critic Reviews for Tucker: The Man and His Dream

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (7)

  • The result is psychologically fascinating but deeply disheartening as the latest chapter of Coppola's cinematic career.

    January 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Coppola tells this story with grand exuberance without masking the personal and historical tragedies that it involves.

    August 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A revealing and heartfelt biopic.

    May 6, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The true story of a great American visionary who was thwarted, if not destroyed, by the established order, Tucker represents the sunniest imaginable telling of an at least partly tragic episode in recent history.

    December 12, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The result is a film consistent narratively, confident stylistically and abounce with the quaint quality that animated both the hero and his times, something we used to call pep.

    December 12, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Francis Coppola's stylish and heartfelt tribute to the innovative automobile designer Preston Thomas Tucker turns out to be one of his most personal and successful movies.

    December 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

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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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