Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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6.91 h 50 min1988X-RayPG
Preston Tucker is a dynamic engineer determined to create the car of the future. Against all odds, Tucker builds the Tucker Torpedo, but when his factory is shut down by Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers, Tucker must fight for his American Dream.
Directors
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring
Jeff BridgesJoan AllenMartin Landau
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Elias KoteasFrederic ForrestChristian SlaterMakoNina SiemaszkoCorin NemecMarshall BellJay O. SandersPeter DonatDon NovelloDean StockwellMorgan UptonLloyd Bridges
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Fred RoosFred Fuchs
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Lionsgate
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Ron WiseReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tucker on blu-ray: great picture, not-so-great sound
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I've been looking forward to a blu-ray release of Tucker for years. It been one of my favorites since I saw it in a theater in 1988. However, this blu-ray release is a disappointment and here's why. The picture for the most part is beautiful, sharp and chrisp which great color, especially the lollipop colored Tucker automobiles.

But the sound in the movie is a problem. The sound for much of the dialogue is very uneven. The loud parts are loud, but the sound levels for the dialogue vary throughout the entire movie. The great Martin Landau speaks in a low voice in the movie, his character is that of a world weary old man. The volume on my new blu-ray player had to be turned up to 70 to hear him. And I had to constantly turn the sound up and down to hear the other actors, and I have normal hearing.

Lastly, during the court scene at the end of the movie, when the jury is about the announce its verdict, the sound drops to a whisper for about 10 to 15 seconds. When the verdict is announced, the sound goes up again and is loud.

I hate to complain about this blu-ray release, but I just wanted to express what I experienced when I watched this wonderful movie. Hopefully, other reviewers will weigh in with their observations about the sound.
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EqbratReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Horribly inconsistent audio on blu ray
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The audio on the blu ray is gawd awful. Dialogue goes super faint and then normal again through out the entire movie, while background noise and music are booming and overly loud. It is extremely annoying and makes the movie difficult to sit through. There is only the remastered 5.1 audio selection available for English and no stereo selection except for in French. The audio issues persist even when disabling 5.1 and selecting stereo from my receiver. Whomever remastered the audio for this release should be ashamed as such that they made such a wonderful movie such a miserable experience to watch on blu ray. I am keeping my DVD, which is sad statement to have to make.
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Robert SchafferReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
He dreamed of revolutionizing cars the way Steve Jobs and Apple revolutionized phones & computers.
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In this cinematic labor of love from "Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now" director Francis Ford Coppola, actor Martin Landau (who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his incredible performance in this film) confesses to his costar Jeff Bridges that he only became his automotive business partner to make money--and then he adds, "But, Tucker, how could I have ever known that in the end I'd actually wind up CATCHING YOUR DREAM?!"
And the real life businessman Landau was playing in this film, Abe Karatz, wasn't the only one who caught Preston Tucker's futuristic dream that year; investors from all over the country put down their hard earned money to purchase dealerships, while would-be customers put their names down on long waiting lists--all for a machine that didn't even exist yet. You see, all of them had caught Preston Tucker's wonderfully contagious dream too.
The setting of this amazing true story is America in the late 1940s. World War II was finally over and the country was at last returning to normal. Surveys said that what Americans wanted most was a new car, and Preston Tucker's perfectly in-sync dream was to change the then opposed-to-innovation American car industry permanently for the better by offering people a dramatically superior automobile--something unlike anything they had ever seen before.
Instead of delivering a car no different from those offered by Ford, Chrysler and GM that year, and the year before that, and the year before that--vehicles that were nothing but the same old cars wrapped up in new car bodies--Tucker dreamed of offering people something fundamentally different; he would give them the automobile of tomorrow, and he would give it to them then instead of all those decades into the future.
Tucker dreamed of building affordable cars that were as safe as they were sleek, beautiful, futuristic, technologically advanced and reliable. He wanted to equip his cars of tomorrow with what were then cutting edge innovations the Detroit car industry didn't yet offer, many of which are now commonplace on the cars we drive today--and a few of which are still uncommon even after seven decades have passed.
From it's rear engine to it's third headlight (which shined around corners during turns), his car would be nothing like the repackaged, ten years outdated 1930s technology Detroit was palming off on people as the newest and the greatest. The Tucker automobile would be many, many decades ahead of anything else that had ever existed before it--it would be the greatest car ever built!
Preston Tucker went ahead and actually built one of his futuristic dream cars, too--and when it was shown to the world it was a truly beautiful thing to behold. People who saw it fell instantly in love with the Tucker while Preston Tucker himself was busily gearing up for mass-production of his incredible automobile.
But, big-business Detroit didn't want to have to spend millions just to keep up with such highly advanced competition, so they decided instead that it would be much simpler to crush Tucker and his fledgling car business--and to do it before they grew too strong to be eliminated.
They tried to destroy his reputation. They tried to drive the price he paid for steel sky high to bring up the cost of his cars so that few would be able to afford them. They tried to wrest control of his company away from him. When none of that worked they even enlisted the Washington politicians they had in their pockets and had him wrongly charged with fraud.
But Preston Tucker didn't just roll over and admit defeat. He kept fighting for his dream tooth and nail.
This his the incredible true story which tells why only 51 of these amazing Tucker vehicles ever made it out of the biggest automotive factory building in existence to see the light of day. And amazingly, most of those 51 Tuckers that made it to the outside world are still on the road today, still running strong, still serving as steel and glass testaments to their own superlative build-quality, durability and design.
George Lucas owns one of these incredible automobiles. So does this film's director, Francis Ford Coppola (who's own father was one of those who'd purchased a dealership for these cars once upon a time). Even I'd like to own one of these fabulous machines after seeing this inspiring movie. I tell you, these beautiful cars really got under my skin. I fell utterly under their enticing spell.
Just like the businessman Martin Landau portrays, Abe Karatz, and just like so many others who came before me; by the time this movie was over, I'd caught some of Preston Tucker's wonderful dream too.
I know now that we really could have had one hell of a car all those decades before Detroit ever offered us anything even remotely like it. And I also know that, amazingly, even after almost 70 years have passed, some of the Tucker's clever and innovative features still haven't been offered to us again on any other car that's been built since it.
This really was a fascinating story, and one which was very well told by an experienced and talented filmmaker. Mr. Coppola's heart was clearly in this movie one hundred percent of the way--that fact shows unmistakably throughout every aspect of this superlatively crafted production.
From the cleverly applied recurring promotional-film motif, to the beautifully shot photography, to the costumes, the sets, and even to the wonderful period music, everything is absolutely top flight here.
Jeff Bridges and Martin Landau both gave very memorable performances in this fine film--and were given a script that allowed them to really shine as actors (and Preston Tucker's self delivered closing argument to the jury when he was wrongly accused of fraud was amazingly prescient and is just as thought provoking today as it was back then). As always, that ever reliable actress Joan Allen also gave a very good performance in this movie--this time around playing the role of Tucker's gutsy wife.
This film about the long standing American dream to build a "better mousetrap" (in this case, a radically better car) is a very good movie, and one which tells a fascinating true story more people really should know about.
I heartily recommend this eye-opening and entertaining film to anyone who either loves cars or is even remotely interested in stories about the kind of entrepreneurial dreamers who try (and sometimes actually manage) to revolutionize whole industries.
Tucker, attempting to be much like an automotive equivalent of Steve Jobs to his own era, was definitely one of these dreamers--and one who came within a hairs breadth of succeeding at it too.
If only the Detroit car industry hadn't conspired to crush his dream, Preston Tucker would have changed the American automotive industry forever for the better, doing what Apple would one day do with the cell phone industry, advancing it technologically by literal decades practically overnight.
The Tucker automobile really was one hell of an amazing car, and "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" is a movie I recommend very, very highly. Watch it and don't be surprised if you discover yourself unexpectedly falling under the very enticing spell of Tucker's wonderful dream too. I certainly fell under it big time--and I'm so very glad that I did.
Do yourself a favor and do not miss a chance to see this very good movie about a fascinating true story and a little known far-seeing dreamer. You won't be disappointed.
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consumerReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent bluray, digital and sound
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I can add nothing new to the positive reviews of the dvd version. It is a wonderful movie. I just received the bluray version and reviewed it and the digital copy (available by entering included code in options including Vudu, Fandangonow and Steam in package I received). The bluray and digital picture is excellent and I found the sound as good as other blurays in our collection on our 67" tv speakers. Highly recommended!
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M.A. EdwardsReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
New Blu-ray looks great! The sound...not so much.
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Have always liked this film and have been waiting for a Blu-ray release for quite a while. Good news is the picture looks amazing and perfectly preserves the beautiful Vittorio Storaro photography. Bad news is the sound is presented in the older Dolby TrueHD 5.1 format, not DTS-HD Master Audio, as most new BLUs have been for the last eight years or so. Surround sound is fine for the most part, but you really have to crank up the volume for dialog. I swear I had it up to 40 to hear any of Martin Landau's lines. Have always experienced this problem with Dolby TrueHD. Don't know why studios, mainly Paramount, still use it. Blu doesn't include an English 2.0 track , only French Digital 2.0 and Spanish Mono Digital Audio. I guess for under $10 you get what you pay for.
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JimReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Close to Truth
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The film captures the essence of what transpired, in an artful way. Apart from being a typical "benevolent rich guy" role for Bridges--it comes close to real events even if it condenses them. The trial in the film, for example, actually went on for months. Afterwards Preston Tucker's finances and future were never very bright. The last few Tuckers were produced by workers in the plant, not cronies, some of whom were working for nothing. Get past the first ten minutes with the silly racing armored car and "Tucker" is worth the dough.
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Peter Smith a.k.a I Love the Butler BulldogsReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
GR8 FAMILY MOVIE!!!!!!!!
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I just watched this with free Amazon movies on demand the other night. When I first saw the previews for it before watching it, my mind said, "Oh Yes, This is going to be a good movie". Come to think of it, that scene when Preston is driving so fast to run from the cops did remind me of that scene from "Starman". You know the "Red Light, Stop, Green Light, Go, Yellow Light, Go VERY FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was more then just a good movie. IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!! It was so GREAT that I immediately ordered the DVD for my upcoming birthday from Amazon after watching it online so I could share it with the rest of "the fam". GR8 FAMILY MOVIE!!!!!!!!
JastroReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What would a Tucker Automobile look like now?
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After watching this movie, you feel nothing but pity for this brilliant entrepreneur. Preston Tucker was way ahead of his time back in 1948 with his only 50 built Tucker Torpedoes many which still exist even today. This visionary engineer built the car of the future. It had disc breaks, fuel injection. safety glass windows. seat belts plus many more improvements in cars back then. Unfortunately the big 3 Ford, Chrysler and General Motors decided to deep six Tuckers ambitions by taking him to court and suing him for fraud. During the early 1950's Tucker had another shot at producing cars under a different name. Unfortunately Tucker died of cancer in 1953. Preston was a family man. Many of Tuckers ideas are utilized in today's automobiles! Preston Tucker lives on!
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