Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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History tells us that would-be automobile mogul Preston Tucker was a silver-tongued con man, who misappropriated his investors' money and played fast and loose with ethics and legalities in the pursuit of his dream. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola isn't buying this: to hear Coppola tell it, Tucker was "Mr. Smith Goes to Detroit," a sincere visionary who tried and failed to buck the Big Three auto manufacturers. Moreover, he was a staunch defender of family values, as witness his inseparable relationship with his ...
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History tells us that would-be automobile mogul Preston Tucker was a silver-tongued con man, who misappropriated his investors' money and played fast and loose with ethics and legalities in the pursuit of his dream. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola isn't buying this: to hear Coppola tell it, Tucker was "Mr. Smith Goes to Detroit," a sincere visionary who tried and failed to buck the Big Three auto manufacturers. Moreover, he was a staunch defender of family values, as witness his inseparable relationship with his loyal wife Joan Allen and adoring children. It was for his family's sake, rather than any dreams of financial gain, that Tucker created the oddball three-headlight vehicle which he envisioned as the "car of the future." Naturally, the corporate fat cats of 1947 can't abide competition from a rugged individualist; thus, with several politicos in their pockets, they crush the Tucker and the man who built it. We'd have been more inclined to believe the story had Coppola adopted a straightforward Capraesque approach and not utilized all sorts of complicated camera trickery. Somehow, by presenting Tucker in so showoffy a directorial manner, the character comes off more as a sleight-of-hand artist than a bastion of sincerity. Even so, Jeff Bridges does a nice job as Tucker, as does Martin Landau as Tucker's incongruous business partner. Jeff's dad, Lloyd Bridges, appears in an uncredited role as a "bought" senator.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Tucker: The Man and the Car" 1948 promo film. Includes commentary by Francis Ford Coppola; "Under the Hood: Making Tucker"; Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 097361407746
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Preston Tucker
Joan Allen Vera Tucker
Martin Landau Abe Karatz
Frederic Forrest Eddie Dean
Dean Stockwell Howard Hughes
Lloyd Bridges Senator Homer Ferguson
Mako Jimmy Sakuyama
Elias Koteas Alex Tremulis
Nina Siemaszko Marilyn Lee Tucker
Christian Slater Junior
Corin Nemec Noble Tucker
Anders Johnson Johnny Tucker
Marshall Bell Frank
Don Novello Stan
Jay O. Sanders Kirby, Defense Attorney
Peter Donat Otto Kerner, Prosecutor
Dean Goodman Voice Only
Patti Austin Millie
Aleta Helena Chappelle
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
John X. Heart Ferguson's Agent
Sandy Bull Stan's Assistant
Joseph Miksak Judge
Scott Beach Floyd Cerf
Roland Scrivner Oscar Beasley
Bob Safford Voice Only
Larry Menkin Doc
Ron Close Fritz
Joe Flood Dutch
Leonard Gardner Gas Station Owner
Bill Bonham Garage Owner
Abigail van Alyn Ferguson's Secretary
Taylor Gilbert Ferguson's Secretary
David Booth Man in Hall
Jessie Nelson Woman on Steps
Al Hart Voice Only
Cab Covay Security Guard
James Cranna Man in Audience
Bill Reddick Board Member
Ed Loerke Mayor
Jay Jacobus Head Engineer
Anne Lawder Bennington's Secretary
Jeanette Lana Sartain Singing Girl
Mary Buffett Singing Girl
Annie Stocking Singing Girl
Michael McShane Recording Engineer
Hope Alexander-Willis Tucker's Secretary
Taylor Young Tucker's Secretary
Jim Giovanni Police Sergeant
Joe Lerer Reporter at Trial
Morgan Upton Ingram
Mark Anger Blue
Al Nalbandian Jury Foreman
Ken Grantham SEC Agent
Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director
Ernest R. Ball Songwriter
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
J.K. Brennan Songwriter
Ian Bryce Production Designer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry de Costa Songwriter
Richard Dean Makeup
Edwin B. Edwards Songwriter
Michael Evje Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Farley Songwriter
Fred Fuchs Co-producer
Armin Ganz Set Decoration/Design
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Joe Jackson Songwriter
Jamie Anderson Camera Operator
Jane Jenkins Casting
Joe Jackson Score Composer
James D. LaRocca Songwriter
George Lucas Executive Producer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
The Mills Brothers Songwriter
Priscilla Nedd Editor
David Pier Special Effects
Jim Pohl Set Decoration/Design
Mike Riley Songwriter
Fred Roos Co-producer
Anthony Sbarbaro Songwriter
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
David Seidler Screenwriter
Paula Smuin Choreography
Tom Sparks Consultant/advisor
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Alex Tavoularis Art Director
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tucker: The Man and His Dream
1. Opening Titles [2:50]
2. The Car of Tomorrow [6:34]
3. Hold That Tiger [8:01]
4. Rare, Very Rare [6:17]
5. $50,000 For One Car? [9:55]
6. Change In Plans [7:09]
7. Captain of Industry [10:07]
8. No Waltz Blue [9:00]
9. I Wonder How They Get the Blood Off [:41]
10. Like a Swan On the River [4:21]
11. Not If You're the Mouse [5:34]
12. Aunt Dora's Box [5:32]
13. It's Not the Heat... [5:56]
14. Fifty Cars [10:51]
15. Credits [13:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tucker: The Man and His Dream
   Start Engine
   Tune-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio: French
      Subtitles: English For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
      Subtitles: None
   Accessories
      Feature Audio Commentary
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
      Under the Hood: Making Tucker
      1948 Tucker Promo Film
      Promo Film With Commentary
      DVD Production Credits
   Scenes
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