Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a biographical film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, as was released in 1988 by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn–Mayer. The film stars Jeff Bridges as the titular character, Preston Tucker, on his quest to design a new species of cars that are known for revolutionizing the car industry for their speed, agility and safety measures. However, he encounters many difficulties along the way, most notably from the board of directors and their desire to convert his designs to ones they deem more suitable.
The movie was well received with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 84%. The New York Times noted it for being ‘a feel-good movie’ whilst the Washington Post agreed that it was a ‘"satisfying commercial breakthrough for Coppola." The film was nominated for an Academy Award and one a Golden Globe award for bets supporting actor. Joe Jackson, the composer, received a Grammy for his work in the movie.
Despite its critical accolades, the film did not perform very well at box office and only earned nineteen million against its twenty-four million dollar budget. Initially, Coppola wanted to make the film a musical, but then disregarded this idea due to financial difficulties.