Tucker: The Man And His Dream

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Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which... read more
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which was met with scandal between the "Big Three automobile manufacturers" and accusations of stock fraud from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Elias Koteas, Frederic Forrest and Christian Slater appear in supporting roles. In 1973, Coppola began development of a film based on the life of Tucker, originally with Marlon Brando in the lead role. Starting in 1976, Coppola planned Tucker to be both a musical and an experimental film with music and lyrics written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The project eventually collapsed when Coppola's American Zoetrope experienced financial problems. Tucker was revived in 1986 when Coppola's friend, George Lucas, joined as a producer. The film received critical praise, but was a box office disappointment. Nonetheless, Tucker: The Man and His Dream produced a spike in prices of Tucker Sedans, as well as a renewed appreciation for Tucker and his automobiles.

Original Release

08/12/1988

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Cast

Christian Slater Junior
Dean Stockwell Howard Hughes
Frederic Forrest Eddie
Jeff Bridges Preston Tucker
Lloyd Bridges Sen. Homer Ferguson
Martin Landau Voice of Walter Winchell
Joan Allen Vera Tucker
Mako Jimmy
Nina Siemaszko Marilyn Lee
Elias Koteas Alex Tremulis
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Francis Ford Coppola

Writers

David Seidler, Arnold Schulman

Cast

Christian Slater Junior
Dean Stockwell Howard Hughes
Frederic Forrest Eddie
Jeff Bridges Preston Tucker
Lloyd Bridges Sen. Homer Ferguson
Martin Landau Voice of Walter Winchell
Joan Allen Vera Tucker
Mako Jimmy
Nina Siemaszko Marilyn Lee
Elias Koteas Alex Tremulis
Don Novello Stan
Corin Nemec Noble Tucker
Marshall Bell Frank
Jay O. Sanders Kirby
Peter Donat Otto Kerner
Patti Austin Millie
Scott Beach Floyd Cerf
Brian Beacock Bellhop
David Kester Chicago Police Sergeant
Joe Murkijanian Mechanic

Producers

George Lucas Executive Producer
Fred Fuchs Producer
Fred Roos Producer
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio Producer

Editors

Priscilla Nedd-Friendly

1989 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1989 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Nominated
1989 Oscar Best Costume Design Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
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