Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which was met with scandal between the "Big Three automobile manufacturers" and accusations of stock fraud from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Elias Koteas, Frederic Forrest and Christian Slater appear in supporting roles.
In 1973, Coppola began development of a film based on the life of Tucker, originally with Marlon Brando in the lead role. Starting in 1976, Coppola planned Tucker to be both a musical and an experimental film with music and lyrics written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The project eventually collapsed when Coppola's American Zoetrope experienced financial problems. Tucker was revived in 1986 when Coppola's friend, George Lucas, joined as an executive producer.
The film received positive reviews by critics. Tucker: The Man and His Dream produced a spike in prices of Tucker Sedans, as well as a renewed appreciation for Tucker and his automobiles.
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. This Lucasfilm-produced film also has many parallels with director Coppola's own efforts to build a new movie studio of his own.
Sound Effects Used
- Disney Ricochet
- RICOCHET - LONG DESCENDING SHELL SCREAM RICCO
- RICOCHET - LONG WARBLY FALLING RICCO
- SKYWALKER, CAR - STOCK CAR DRIVING AT FAST SPEED
- SKYWALKER, CAR - TUCKER ARMORED CAR: DRIVE FAST AND PULL AWAY (Debut)
- SKYWALKER, CAR - TUCKER ARMORED CAR: IN AND STOP (Debut)
- SKYWALKER, CAR - TUCKER ARMORED CAR: PASS BY (Debut)
- SKYWALKER, CAR - VARIOUS TIRE SCREECHING
- SKYWALKER, CAR - VEHICLE HORN, 4 TIMES (Debut)
- SKYWALKER, EXPLOSION - NEARBY HEAVY EXPLOSION (Debut)
- SKYWALKER, HEARTBEAT - DRUM HEARTBEAT (Debut; processed; used for a muffled explosion during the beginning of the movie.)
- SKYWALKER, MISCELLANEOUS - ELECTRIC HYDRAULIC MACHINE BEING RAISED & CAR DOOR CLOSE (Debut)
- Sound Ideas, DOG - SMALL DOGS, SEVERAL C.U., ANIMAL (debut?)
- Unknown Sound Effects Library, Bulldozers