Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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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 family's sake, rather than any dreams of financial gain, that Tucker created the oddball three-headlight vehicle which he envisioned as the "car of the future". Naturally, the corporate fat cats of 1947 can't abide competition from a rugged individualist; thus, with several politicos in their pockets, they crush the Tucker and the man who built it. We'd have been more inclined to believe the story had Coppola adopted a straightforward Capraesque approach and not utilized all sorts of complicated camera trickery. Somehow, by presenting Tucker in so showoffy a directorial manner, the character comes off more as a sleight-of-hand artist than a bastion of sincerity. Even so, Jeff Bridges does a nice job as Tucker, as does Martin Landau as Tucker's incongruous business partner. Jeff's dad, Lloyd Bridges, appears in an uncredited role as a "bought" senator. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
10/24/00 
Studio
Paramount
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1  - Theatre Wide-Screen
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
1 hour, 50 minutes
Sound
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
  • THX-Certified Mastering
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • "Tucker: The Man and the Car" 1948 promo film, includes commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • "Under the Hood": Making "Tucker"
  • Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection
Number of Discs
1

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