Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 12, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it may not be as comprehensive as some would like, Francis Ford Coppola's cheerful biopic of the failed automotive designer features sparkling direction and a strong central performance from Jeff Bridges.

Variety Staff

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.

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Time Out

The cinematic sleight-of-hand parallels the bombast of its hero, but you never get a glimpse of either visionary.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Smoke-filled, rousing dramedy about corruption.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Coppola has done things this fancily before, but never with so clear and moving a sense of purpose.

Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

A revealing and heartfelt biopic.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Tucker came up with a classic, but poor Coppola has turned a great American tragedy into a gas-guzzling human comedy.

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Fluent, brave and touching.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Tucker. Never heard of him till I stumbled upon this movie (which was just yesterday). Or should I say that I'd never heard of this movie till… More
Jennifer Xu
Uhh, it's not bad? I like the 50s clothes and references, but Coppola always makes his films so unnecessarily heavy, even when they're not supposed to… More
Mark K
Coppola's tribute to Preston Tucker, inventor and loose cannon, is an enjoyable biopic with some messages relevant even today. While the story takes the… More

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