Tucker: The Man and His Dream
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The true story of a great American visionary who was thwarted, if not destroyed, by the established order, Tucker represents the sunniest imaginable telling of an at least partly tragic episode in recent history."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The cinematic sleight-of-hand parallels the bombast of its hero, but you never get a glimpse of either visionary."
‑ , Time Out
"Smoke-filled, rousing dramedy about corruption."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Underrated film focuses on fascinating story of real car maker, played well by Jeff Bridges."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Coppola fills Tucker with some flawlessly executed scene transitions that will startle even the most jaded audience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The result is a film consistent narratively, confident stylistically and abounce with the quaint quality that animated both the hero and his times, something we used to call pep."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Mr. Coppola has done things this fancily before, but never with so clear and moving a sense of purpose."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A revealing and heartfelt biopic."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"a movie for people who love World's Fairs"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"One of Francis Ford Coppola's great movies that slipped through the cracks in the late 80's."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"Francis Coppola's stylish and heartfelt tribute to the innovative automobile designer Preston Thomas Tucker turns out to be one of his most personal and successful movies."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Tucker came up with a classic, but poor Coppola has turned a great American tragedy into a gas-guzzling human comedy."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Fluent, brave and touching."
‑ , Film4
"If 12-year old boys had money, Tucker would have made a million overnight"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Celebrates the indomitable spirit of entrepreneurs whose dreams can be dashed but never taken away from them."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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