Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
DS 1 Sheet Movie Poster
- Style A
Original; double-sided; Style A; rolled
Dimension: 27" x 40"
Original 1 Sheet that has printing on
both the front and the back of the poster (printing on back side is a mirror
image of printing on the front side).
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, Dean Stockwell,
Frederic Forrest, Mako, Joan Allen, Christian Slater, Lloyd Bridges, Elias
Koteas, Nina Siemaszko, Corin "Corky" Nemec, Marshall Bell, Don Novello, Peter
Donat, Dean Goodman, Patti Austin, Directed By:
Francis Ford Coppola
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.