Tucker: The Man And His Dream


(out of 5)

Francis Ford Coppola directs a film on the life of an American entrepreneur, a man (played by ) who dreams of building the kind of car that Americans could faithfully rely on to transport them places and keep them safe.  Tucker’s company is a popsicle stand compared to the Big Three auto manufacturers in Detroit, and his odds of beating the big guys were that of a minnow outswimming a whale.  is excellent as his wife, while  lends terrific support as one of his most concerned informers.   It’s not difficult to read too much into Coppola’s allegory, an obvious reflection of his own attempt to get his own independent movies off the ground in a business overrun with powerful, greedy studios, but the allegory is told with too much bitterness and the film is enjoyable on its own even without this background knowlegge.   Gorgeously shot and impeccably designed, it lacks the complexity of The Godfather or the warm emotional content of Peggy Sue Got Married, but it has its moments.

USA, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1988

Golden Globe Awards 1988


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