Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) – IMDb
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest. The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Jeff Bridges was a fantastic choice to play Preston Tucker, a man who I honestly couldn’t tell from the movie if he was a con-man at all or just a really hopeful person that always had a thought on how to movie forward, regardless of the stumbling blocks put in front of him. Of course, it turns out that the incumbent car manufacturers were working day and night to prevent his success, even going as far as to pull him in front of a court to determine if he was fraudulently selling shares of a company that was nothing more than a pipedream. This is a situation that’s about as American as apple pie, but this example wasn’t one that I knew, but happy to have learned about.
A sidenote, one of the 50 Tucker 48s that were made lives in the same town I do at the Tallahassee Auto Museum, a fantastic visit for anyone passing through town and wanted to see fabulous cars (and pocket knives) all while supporting an absolutely bonkers MAGA guy.