Flash of Genius

 (456)7.01 h 59 min2008PG-13
Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear stars in this inspiring true story about an ordinary man and his extraordinary fight against one of the most powerful corporations in the country.
Marc Abraham
Jake AbelAaron AbramsAlan Alda
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inlovewithjesusReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat movie, true story
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I just love this movie. I love all true stories about honest, decent people who persevere and fight the good fight. Greg Kinnear is the star who plays the man who invented the intermittent windshield wiper for cars. His invention is stolen by one of the big car companies. He fights to the end to maintain that he indeed was the inventor, though it costs him his marriage, and takes basically his entire life to set things straight. He even ends up being his own lawyer. This guy is one of my heroes! It takes him decades to win his case - but win he does - big time - against all odds and all the while turning down substantial bribes from the car company to shut him up. In all of this, his commitment to justice and righteousness, he is an outstanding role model to his children in perseverance and integrity. Watch this movie!
7 people found this helpful
Francis UptonReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsLOVED this movie!
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I live in the Detroit area and had always meant to watch this movie. It was interesting - tho not at all surprising - to see how the big car company stole the inventor's idea and then swore it hadn't. Big corporations, like big government, have no soul and they can't be trusted.
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D. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGood Movie about our legal system.
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Great movie based on a true story about an electrical engineering professor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper and how badly he was treated by the auto company that stole his idea. I like Fords and own a Mustang convertible, so I'm not going to mention the name of the car of the company. He worked for years on his invention, then sued after really being bullied around by them. After several shyster attorneys said they would help him and gave up, he went on as his own lawyer. This whole thing almost destroyed him and his family. His wife couldn't take his obsession and all the stress and divorced him. I worked in the legal system my whole career, and this movie realistically shows just how hard it is for a citizen to navigate our legal system when they are wronged by somebody with money and power. This is a must see for anyone contemplating such a lawsuit. If you liked A Civil Action or like cars, you will probably like this one too.
9 people found this helpful
CateReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s the Principle of the Thing
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This was about the third time I watched the movie.
The Leading actor (ref: husband and wife) are superb in the movie. I LOVE true stories. The perseverance of the inventor was inspiring. He lost his x because of his perseverance; but, it was the PRINCIPLE of the thing !!! He birthed that “Baby” and he was claiming it. How would someone literally feel if their “spark” moment was stolen by others. Well, trying not to give the story away; but trust me, you will like it.
B. L. SwoverlandReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsHe was right, he fought, and he won!
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We first borrowed this from the library and enjoyed it so much we borrowed it again to show to others. It is a fantastic movie because it is a true story about a Ph. D. college professor of engineering who invented an automotive device that today we all take so for granted that we can scarcely think of a car without this device. But, and not all that long ago, no car of any make or of any price had this feature. The inventor was so sure of himself that he made plans to be the sole manufacturer and then supply the auto industry. However, he did not reckon on being double crossed, lied to, and have his invention despite the patent protection he thought he had, stolen by a major auto manufacturer. He sued, went to court, and although a non-lawyer, went up against a bevy of high priced auto industry lawyers and won. Just how he won and what he also lost in the process...well, you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
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RonReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2009
5.0 out of 5 starsFlash Of Genius is Pure Genius
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Flash Of Genius is a great movie. Perhaps overlooked in the theatres. Now you can get to see it in the comfort of home.

A serious movie that portrays how our business culture acts in situations when an unsuspecting and honest inventor and teacher creates something that has the potential to change automotive history and driving in a safer way for every automobile owner.

The intermittent windshield wiper may seem insignificant to each of us however it was created by a thoughtful inventor who when they presented the idea to corporate automotive giants they are surprised to learn that they have stolen his idea without his permission and then push him aside in the process.

A long and ardous battle ensues as Dr. Robert Kearns figures out how to defend himself from the unrelenting money, power and corporate lawyers whom he must overcome.

A great movie that portrays hope and perserverance as attributes for the little guy who can and does win in the face of unsurmountable odds!

A great movie!!
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M. J. KleinhenzReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsVery well done; great (true) story!
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Very well done and a great film for the purpose of showing us the reality of fighting against the "Big Dogs" in the world of business. It's an inspiring, yet sad story. He both wins and loses, but you'll have to watch it in order to understand what I mean by that.

This is a true story, which is even more impressive. Individual achievement should always be lauded in our society and this movie helps the viewer understand the value and necessity of ingenuity and invention. I definitely recommend this movie! I actually show most of this film in a Business Law class that I teach and my students love it!
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rodboomboomReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsWell Done and Sad Commentary on Ford but Justice Prevailed
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I'm with many of the other reviewers who felt that if the real Dr. Kearns was anything like the character Greg Kinnear portrayed, this is a person one could really relate to and like.

This man's integrity, passion and zeal for invention and the "flash of genius" made for great viewing. The storyline seems very plausible and made those at Ford who deliberately cheated this man out of his rightful portion to be very detestable corporate titan bullies and cheats.

Two significant parts of the movie touched me deeply, easily of course the remarkable closing argument and thus his winning the case, and the resultant fact that his wife remains estranged.

Saw it live at cinema but had to have for collection to continue to replay, it's that good.
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