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Was Preston Tucker a conman, leading his investors down a blind alley with a sure to fail scheme of entering the hotly competitive U.S. auto market? Some would have you believe that was the case, but not Francis Ford Coppola. To him, Tucker was Jeff Bridges, and you can’t not love Jeff Bridges.
Tucker, The Man And His Dream portrays Tucker as a staunch family man and as an individual who stands behind his ideals, and up against the tyranny of the establishment.  In the 1988 film that establishment is the Big Three automakers, the heads of which Coppola presents as scheming defenders of the status quo not above bribing complicit politicians to stamp out upstart competitors. They eventually succeeded in the case of Tucker.
Is that how it really happened? Well, I don’t think it matters anymore, and Tucker, The Man And His Dream should be taken not as historical treatise, but as an allegory of the American dream. The film also gloriously recreates the Tucker car’s development and – using all the existing cars as props, as well as some hand-built models for stunts – will give you an overdose of what might have been. Check it out after the jump.[youtube]http://youtu.be/0Y_Bqn-6uko[/youtube]
It looks like those of you with Amazon Prime can watch the whole flick for free. For everyone else, it’s also available for a cost from the usual sources.

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  1. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    "a lucasfilm production of a francis coppola film"? and i've never even heard of it! it looks pretty good from the trailer, actually.

    1. Drzhivago138 Avatar

      Fun fact: George Lucas also owned a Tucker.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        I think Lucas owned (owns?) two Tuckers. I saw the movie when it first came out, and I enjoyed it. I've been a Tucker fan since I was a kid, when I first read an article about them, strangely enough, in Rod & Custom magazine.

        1. OA5599 Avatar

          Lucas and Coppola owned two each at the time of filming.

          1. GregKachadurian Avatar

            And if you go to Coppola's winery you can see at least one of them on display. I was there last summer and saw his red one all polished up.

  2. hwyengr Avatar

    This is one of those movies that if I catch it while flipping channels, I'm watching the whole thing.
    The other depressing factor of the Tucker story is that the factory in Chicago was eventually torn down to build a shopping mall.

    1. Tuckeroo Avatar

      Yes and no, parts of it were torn down and the main building bisected, but the mall building IS the factory, other buildings on site became Tootsie Roll's HQ. At the '05 TACA convention one of the former designers got to tour the underground tunnels which I understand were largely untouched since the building's days as the B-29 engine factory. Somewhere I have a picture of Tucker #1047 which was brought back to its birthplace for that occasion.

  3. Tuckeroo Avatar

    Coppola owned #1014 and #1037 at the time of filming (that's #1037 above playing the Tin Goose.) Lucas bought both #1003 (not used in the film) and #1009 after the filming was done. I believe he still owns #1009 but he sold #1003 some time ago. It recently sold again for over 2 million.