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Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1988
Drama, Biography


Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory.

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Tucker: The Man and His Dream Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1988 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Production Design

Golden Globes (USA)

1989 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

The process was, judging from the results, liberating for Coppola—paradoxically so, because the film may be his most personal work, albeit by ricochet. The screenplay was a libretto to which he provided the soaring, swinging, and searing cinematic music.
August 02, 2019
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The Hollywood system couldn’t contain Francis Ford Coppola. In Tucker: The Man And His Dream, his dashing biopic about the forward-thinking automotive designer Preston Thomas Tucker, Coppola locates a figure and a subject—the strained relationship between a gigantic industry and one extraordinary individual—that dovetails with his own personal struggle working within the confines of the Hollywood establishment.
July 02, 2015
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For Coppola, it is among his most personal films, not only because it spent the longest time in gestation, but because it’s the closest the filmmaker has ever come to a confessional about the professional betrayals he’d contended with in his career, and the virtues and flaws of mounting a creative collaboration.
August 10, 2013
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