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Tucker: The Man And His Dream

Preston Thomas Tucker (Jeff Bridges) is a man before his time, a maverick innovator who dreams of changing the world by introducing improved safety features and aerodynamic design to the automotive industry.However, as the man attempts to pursue his dreams, big trouble looms in the form of allegations and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of his corporation under the implied encouragement of Detroit's Big Three. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 11 Aug 1988
Video Release: 23 Oct 2000
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Tucker is portrayed as a charming and skilled people person. How did his magnetic personality contribute to his ability to sell his dream car to prospective buyers?

In the 1940’s, Tucker introduced automotive safety features that were unheard of in his time. How many of those ideas are now standard features in our automobiles?

The Tuckers are a loving and supportive family. How do their father’s troubles affect their relationships? Are they able to maintain their support for one another during those tough times and how is that portrayed in the movie?

During one scene, a mural of Nikola Tesla is shown on the wall behind Tucker. Who was Tesla, what were his contributions to the scientific world, and is there a similarity in how his ideas were received by the public?

For more information see Tesla: Master of Lightning at www.pbs.org/tesla

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