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Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988)

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Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory. The whole movie also has many parallels with director Coppola's own efforts to build a new movie studio of his own.
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Fantastic Movie
One of my all time favorites. I think this film gets way less credit than it deserves. It's a great film about a real man who went up against the big boys and even though he lost, he still had an impact. Some things that we take for granted today started with Tucker and his vision of what a car should be.

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One of my favs growing up
Great story about a man and his dream. He stuck to his guns and was a true visionary. Its a good family movie that you can watch with your kids but still enjoy it. I own this. I give it a 10 out 10!

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One of the best films on American industry ever made!
This is without question an overlooked masterpiece--an expose and celebration of American industry, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the flaws and strengths of the capitalist system. Jeff Bridges and Martin Landau deserved Oscars (Landau was nominated) for their portrayals of Preston Tucker and his friend/manager, Abe Karatz--they show the intelligence, drive, and unquenchable dynamism of the American businessman in their quest to build the 'perfect automobile', only 50 of which were ever built but of which 44 are still on the road today!!! It is also an indictment of oligopolistic business practices and the financial and political power of big business that keeps innovation from the American consumer in this flawed system. It is Citizen Kane with--if not a happy ending, then at least an optimistic one. Kudos to Coppola!! SEE THIS FILM!!

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Inspiring & Depressing
It's been a while since I saw this movie, and I was already acquainted with they story when I realized they'd made a movie about it. The movie lives up to the reality.

No question, Preston Tucker was brilliant. When Uncle Sam requested designs for combat vehicles, he submitted, and demonstrated, a design which significantly blew away all competitors. He was turned down because his design significantly outperformed what Uncle Sam asked for. Small-minded individuals, mired in the relatively wimpy requirements, wouldn't take the more advanced design. It boggled his mind that they would turn down "steak with all the trimmings" in exchange for a "plain hamburger." I've been in the Military, so it doesn't surprise me.

When he wanted to make a point about safety, emphasizing the need for safety glass and seatbelts (which were NOT standard equipment at the time), he invited the appropriate people to lunch, served medium-rare roast beef, then showed pictures of people who'd died in car accidents. Lots of blood, lots of "raw meat." My driver's education teacher, trying to convince us to be safer drivers, did the same (minus the fancy lunch). Anyway, the similarities between what they saw on the screen, and what they'd just eaten, caused many of them to be "re-acquainted" with their lunch. I sincerely doubt they ever forgot the presentation, and his point was very well made.

I like this guy. He's whip-smart, practical, maybe a little too optimistic.

I identify with him.

And they broke him.

Welcome to reality. Bites, doesn't it?

In the end, he knows he's beaten, but he still gets the last word in. I hope I manage to do so well.

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Jeff Bridges @ His Best
Very inspirational to see a man follow his dream so passionately! He inspires me :) This movie is on the short side, with a runtime of 110 minutes. But, very entertaining. I love Jeff Bridges character. So much drive and tenacity!

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Interesting movie, not the best.
Intresting movie, not the best.

-Has a main bussiness idea.

-Very slow.

-Your time is best spent else where if your looking for education.

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Great movie!
This is a movie about the dreams and entrepreneurship of Preston Tucker and the Tucker Corporation. It shows what is right about the American Dream and what is wrong with corrupt corporations.

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Great Movie
I really enjoyed this movie. Its amazing how things have changed over the years,this old school movie is a must see!!!

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Great movie
Awesome movie, great guy

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great movie
great to watch with you kids but not one of those that you watch iwth them you hate. Entertaining for everyone but also kind inspirational/educational

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