“ Its stylized realism is appealing, but ultimately an empty appeal to nothing of substance.
“ I had never heard of Preston Tucker before watching this movie, so it was fascinating to learn about his deeds.
“ Overlooked yet highly entertaining drama from director Francis Ford Coppola and producer George Lucas, an amusing and nostalgic look at real-life idea man Preston Tucker who, in 1945, developed the Car of Tomorrow and hoped to put Detroit's auto business out of commission.
“ We need to start with the plot - it's engaging and relatively true.
“ It's an intense scene, one that is full of a "oh no!
“ Coppola achieves a fascinating fusion of vintage Capra and 80's grandstanding with this one - most of the time it works neither as realism nor as fantasy.
“Movie buffs will find the film splendidly acted and directed and car buffs will find this film intriguing for the Innovations that the Tucker Automobile had right after World War II that caused the Big Car companies to do all they could to shut down this Innovative Car Company.
“ It was a little slow but worth watching.
“ This I mean as a compliment - Tucker as a film is entertaining because of how endearing Tucker is, how Jeff Bridges plays him in this context (a guy with a pioneer-spirit, with a smile even when things look bleakest), and how the villains, corporate board members, a Senator, the "Big Three" come off.
“ But as just another film, this movie is plenty enjoyable and interesting to watch.
“ 'Tucker: The Man and His Dream' is among the legendary director's most accomplished works, delivering a biopic that's both fascinating & heartfelt.
“ Francis Ford Coppola directed this entertaining biography of Preston Tucker ,(played with enthusiasm by Jeff Bridges), an ambitious inventor who, after WWII ends, devises a new kind of automobile with innovative features like seat belts(!
“ The first time I saw this movie was in an Intro To Occupations class, I really enjoyed it that time, and when it came on TV, I taped it because I liked it so much.
“ A fantastic score by former-punk-rocker-turned-orchestral-arranger Joe Jackson artfully gives '40's swing a punchy, forceful modern makeover that helps keep the whole retro package accessible and enjoyable for modern viewers.
“ The scene showing the colored car bodies coming off the assembly line was a vividly stunning visual.
“ Engaging from beginning to end, the story of Preston Tucker could only have taken place in America, where an idealistic man with a dream can come up a winner even when he loses.
“ Arnold Schulman & David Seidler's Screenplay is wonderfully gripping.
“ This movie is obviously not of that caliber, but it is an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
“ On the DVD of Tucker: The Man and His Dream, George Lucas comments that Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the film, shares qualities with Preston Tucker - both men have big dreams and always admire and gravitate towards innovation, and their ideas are always springing out in some eccentric but exciting ways.
“ The Contender is a better film and possesses higher quality performances from all three actors, but Tucker is worth watching.