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Tucker - The Man and His Dream (1988)

Jeff Bridges , Joan Allen , Francis Ford Coppola  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest, Mako
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman, David Seidler
  • Producers: Fred Fuchs, Fred Roos, George Lucas, Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y62V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tucker - The Man and His Dream" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Under The Hood" Making Of Featurette
  • Audio Commentary
  • "Tucker: The Man and The Car" 1948 Promotional Film
  • Francis Ford Coppola commentary

Editorial Reviews

According to New York magazine, Tucker: The Man And His Dream is "as fast, sleek and streamlined as the car - the Tucker Torpedo, that Preston Tucker built in 1948." And filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas celebrate Preston Tucker as the ultimate believer in the American dream. In a dazzling portrayal by Jeff Bridges, Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. Against mighty odds he manages to build a fleet of them - only to have his factory shut down by Detroit's Big Three automobile manufacturers. They took away his car - but nobody could take away his dream.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's the idea that counts, and the dream." June 12, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 1988 movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas, has good acting from Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest, and Joan Allen in the larger roles. Smaller supporting roles were also handled well by Christian Slater, Jay O. Sanders, Nina Siemaszko and Mako.
As reflected by the DVD cover, the movie is filmed in a splashy 1940's advertising style, and uses warm gold and sepia tones and some impressive camera work to tell the tale of the development of the "Tucker 48" automobile, also known as the "Torpedo" after its sleek lines (for the times), of which only about 50 were made. For its time, it had many innovative features, including a rear-mounted engine, seat belts and padded dash, push button controls, and a third central headlight that would turn when steering. The large, 4,800 pound behemoth got about 20 MPH.
In a somewhat dichotomous framework, the movie shows the result of American "Yankee ingenuity" coupled with the eventual demise of the Tucker due to pressure by the Big Three automaking competitors. Taken to court for fraud with the accusation that he would not deliver on the promise of producing a car, Tucker in fact is found not guilty, and had actually produced about 50 cars, though his business was effective ruined.
Tucker had other successes however. Just before World War II, he developed an armored car that was so fast at 80-plus MPH, the Army did not want it because they thought such vehicles should only go about 35 MPH. However, the rotating gun-turret used on top of the vehicle, the "Tucker turret", was used on American bombers, such as the B-17 and B-24, thoughout the war.
Although his business partner Abe Karatz (Landau) is quite upset that the car business folded, Tucker tells him...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Optimism and Indomitable Spirit March 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Being a car enthusiast and having read about the Tucker automobile and its inventor, I saw this picture at the theater and rushed out to buy it when it became available to purchase.
"Tucker-The Man And His Dream" is the story of auto maker/inventor/visionary Preston Tucker, who bucked incredible odds to see his dream of a revolutionary car come to life. Jeff Bridges plays the title role with such energy and enthusiasm that you end up thinking this guy could conquer the world. Joan Allen is her usual excellent self as Preston's devoted wife, and Martin Landau is brilliant in his Oscar-nominated role as Tucker's somewhat skeptical business partner. Christian Slater, in one of his earliest screen appearances, plays Tucker's oldest son. Although they are on screen together for only a brief period of time in the picture, it is wonderful to see Jeff Bridges with his father, the late great Lloyd Bridges. The elder Bridges plays Homer Ferguson, a U.S. Senator from Michigan who instigated a probe and subsequent prosecution of Tucker by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly defrauding investors (Tucker was eventually exonerated after his company folded due to the negative publicity).
All of the acting performances in this picture are superb, and the pacing is almost frenetic. These factors, along with a rather ingenious use of transitions by Director Francis Ford Coppola (who coincidentally owns one of the few Tuckers left in existence), create a busy feeling that conveys to the audience that Tucker has got the world by the tail and is pulling hard...hold that tiger! Combine all of this with an excellent soundtrack by Joe Jackson (unfortunately very hard to find these days), and you have what one reviewer accurately describes as one of the greatest movies that hardly anyone ever watched. If you haven't seen "Tucker-The Man And His Dream", check it won't be disappointed.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Integrity... April 20, 2000
By Q. Hunt
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie when I was going through my "Ayn Rand" stage of my life. Although my personal views of capitalism have shifted slightly since then, I still adore this movie.
Even though my father is "into" old cars and I grew up riding around in a 1949 Chevy pickup, I had never even heard of Tucker's automobile. Today, I have framed an old picture of a Tucker car, and I have it hanging in my bedroom.
Some reviewers have called it "The Best Movie No One has Ever Seen" and I agree. This is a movie for anyone. Whether you love or hate capitalism and whether you believe in the "American Dream" or not... this movie offers exceptional acting, a great soundtrack, phenominal camera work and screen changes, and a carefully crafted script. Coppola, Lucas, Bridges, Ladau, and Allen all displayed their own personal integrity in making this movie the work of art that it is.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work by Jeff Bridges ... July 30, 2000
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One of his finest performances since "Starman" ... Here, Jeff gets to play a little bit of the good-natured kidder we've come to love ... as Tucker, the eternal optimist and dreamer, we experience the reality that all dreams are met with obstacles sometimes ...
The flashy style of the director has the look and feel of a Life magazine or Saturday Evening Post piece ... it's hype, sure, but it attempts to capture the entreprenurial spirit of post-war America with the swing music and stylish clothing ... Excellent performances by Bridges (both of them!), Martin Landau and even Christian Slater plays with much more subtlety than usual. Dean Stockwell does a pretty good Howard Hughes.
Get this movie and be prepared to simply sit back and enjoy it. Before the Big Three had serious competition from Germany and Japan they ruled with an iron fist. The cars we drive today are infinitely better because of competition. Should any criticize me for that statement I simply say these words: Pinto, Vega and Pacer. BTW, my new Ford Explorer is an excellent, well-designed and engineered vehicle.
Unfortunately the father-son team of Bridges didn't have nearly as much material to work with in "Blown Away", their only other movie pairing ... Lloyd Bridges plays the corrupt U.S. Senator so well that you'd like to see a full Congressional investigation on him ... Excellent sound track as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hold That Tiger! The Superlative Bridges
A fantastic movie not only for its entertainment value but for the history it depicts. Ever wonder why most American cars are crap? Watch this movie and find out.
Published 1 day ago by J. P. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
My Favorite Class Car Movie of all time. This movie is sensational. I fell in love it when i saw it in 1990.
Published 3 days ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie of how the large companies in this country smash the little guy even when they have better ideas. People that are sometimes ahead of there time. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Steve R. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Wendling Ancestry Maven
Seen this movie years ago on the television and was hoping they would put it out on DVD. Jeff Bridges is excellent as "Tucker". Great storyline and the acting was great. Read more
Published 16 days ago by B. Wendling
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic
Bridges and Landau give great performances and Coppola is at his best. A great move that I can watch over and over again. HOLD THAT TIGER!!
Published 18 days ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story reflected in a great movie
I've seen this movie before and was telling my kids about the story as we saw some pictures of Tuckers a while back. Read more
Published 21 days ago by James Shaffer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good wholesome movie
It was just pretty good. I hadn't know anything about the Tucker before, or even that it good history lesson. Good story line in terms of human perseverance
Published 22 days ago by grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Super great movie!
This is a super great movie for the whole family. Shows the loving support of wife and family and how they all work together to reach their goals. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Yoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and part of history..
This is a great movie. Well produced. Have seen it several times and each time its so entertaining its like the first time..
Published 29 days ago by MAGGIE
5.0 out of 5 stars A picture of American entreprenuerial spirit based on a true story
Most classic car lovers are familiar with the story of Preston Tucker and the car he was passionate about building. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom W
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