Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

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Tucker: The Man and His Dream
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TitleTucker: The Man and His Dream
Year1988
CountryUSA
GenreDrama (Movies)
Run Time1h 50 min
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Detroit engineer Preston Tucker has been interested in building cars since childhood. During World War II he designed an armored car for the military and made money building gun turrets for aircraft in a small shop next to his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Tucker is supported by his large extended family, particularly: wife Vera; sons Preston Jr. and Noble; daughter Marilyn Lee. As the war winds down, Tucker becomes inspired to build the “car of the future”. The “Tucker Torpedo” will feature revolutionary safety designs, including disc brakes, seatbelts, a pop-out windshield, and headlights which swivel when you turn. Tucker hires young designer Alex Tremulis to help with the design and enlists New York financier Abe Karatz to arrange financial support. Raising the money through a stock issue, Tucker and Karatz acquire the enormous Dodge Chicago Plant to begin manufacturing. Abe hires Robert Bennington to run the new Tucker Corporation on a day-to-day basis.

Launching “the car of tomorrow” in a spectacular way, the Tucker Corporation is met with enthusiasm from shareholders and the general public. However, the Tucker company board of directors, unsure of his ability to overcome the technical and financial obstacles ahead, send Tucker off on a publicity campaign and attempt to take complete control of the company. While Tucker travels the country, Bennington and directors change the design of Tucker’s car to a more conventional design, eliminating the safety and engineering advances Tucker was advertising. At the same time, Tucker faces animosity from the Big Three automakers — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler—and from the authorities, led by Michigan Senator Homer S. Ferguson.

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Cast:

Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges
Preston Tucker
Elias Koteas Elias Koteas
Alex Tremulis
Christian Slater Christian Slater
Preston Tucker Jr.
Nina Siemaszko Nina Siemaszko
Marilyn Lee
Mako Mako
Jimmy Sakuyama
Dean Stockwell Dean Stockwell
Howard Hughes
Lloyd Bridges Lloyd Bridges
Sen. Homer Ferguson

Detroit engineer Preston Tucker has been interested in building cars since childhood. During World War II he designed an armored car for the military and made money building gun turrets for aircraft in a small shop next to his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Tucker is supported by his large extended family, particularly: wife Vera; sons Preston Jr. and Noble; daughter Marilyn Lee. As the war winds down, Tucker becomes inspired to build the “car of the future”. The “Tucker Torpedo” will feature revolutionary safety designs, including disc brakes, seatbelts, a pop-out windshield, and headlights which swivel when you turn. Tucker hires young designer Alex Tremulis to help with the design and enlists New York financier Abe Karatz to arrange financial support. Raising the money through a stock issue, Tucker and Karatz acquire the enormous Dodge Chicago Plant to begin manufacturing. Abe hires Robert Bennington to run the new Tucker Corporation on a day-to-day basis.

Launching “the car of tomorrow” in a spectacular way, the Tucker Corporation is met with enthusiasm from shareholders and the general public. However, the Tucker company board of directors, unsure of his ability to overcome the technical and financial obstacles ahead, send Tucker off on a publicity campaign and attempt to take complete control of the company. While Tucker travels the country, Bennington and directors change the design of Tucker’s car to a more conventional design, eliminating the safety and engineering advances Tucker was advertising. At the same time, Tucker faces animosity from the Big Three automakers — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler—and from the authorities, led by Michigan Senator Homer S. Ferguson.

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