Tucker: The Man And His Dream parents guide

Tucker: The Man And His Dream Parent Guide

The driving force to make history.

Overall A-

Set in the 1940's, this Lucas/Coppola collaboration brings to film the historic tale of the plagued Tucker Torpedo and its ambitious creator who fights big business meddling and government red-tape to realize his American Dream.

Release date August 12, 1988

Violence B
Sexual Content A-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

Why is Tucker: The Man And His Dream rated PG? The MPAA rated Tucker: The Man And His Dream PG

Run Time: 110 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Preston Thomas Tucker was a man before his time, a maverick innovator who dreamed of changing the world by introducing improved safety features and aerodynamic design to the automotive industry.

In the 1988 film, Tucker The Man And His Dream, Jeff Bridges plays the dynamic inventor and charismatic salesman who pitches his idea for seatbelts, fuel injection and disc brakes to the purchasing public. With the help of Abe Karatz (Martin Landau), Tucker gathers funds to build a prototype of his futuristic car and begins pre-selling to dealerships across the country. Securing the world’s largest manufacturing plant, he gears up for mass production of the auto. But while postwar Americans are flush with enthusiasm for the Tucker Torpedo, outside sources begin to put the squeeze on the little man with the big ideas. Unable to procure clay and steel for manufacturing, Tucker resorts to scrounging the city dump for needed materials while his handful of faithful designers and engineers work around the clock to bring their prototype from paper to reality in a mere 60 days.

However, bigger trouble looms ahead when the United States Securities and Exchange Commission begins an investigation of Tucker’s Corporation under the implied encouragement of Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers. When Michigan’s Senator Homer Ferguson (Lloyd Bridges) turns a cold shoulder on Tucker’s request for help, the visionary creator relies on the support of his family (Joan Allen, Christian Slater) and the legal efforts of Mr. Kirby (Jay O. Sanders) to fight the highly publicized allegations of consumer fraud while holding together the struggling company.

Filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas (each of whom own one of the few Tucker Torpedoes ever made) enthusiastically recount the ambitions of a man bent on achieving the American dream in spite of bureaucratic meddling. While the moderate amount of profanities and Tucker’s inclination to outrun the police may cause parental concern, these two consummate movie producers celebrate that internal drive that compels mankind to envision a better tomorrow. Although his ill-fated torpedo fizzled, some of Tucker’s other innovations hit their mark in automotive history.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release August 12, 1988. Updated

Tucker: The Man And His Dream
Rating & Content Info

Why is Tucker: The Man And His Dream rated PG? Tucker: The Man And His Dream is rated PG by the MPAA

Violence: B
Frustrated man throws a stick, man outruns police in his speeding car, short scene with slides of bloody and injured accident victims, man throws object and breaks glass, man hits object in anger, reporter offers bribe to another man, man nearly killed by falling car parts, rowdy crowd chants for action, car crashes and rolls without injury to driver, portrayal of dishonest politician, child makes threat toward man, man intentionally leads police on high speed chase, angry outburst occurs in courtroom.

Sexual Content: A-
Man kisses his wife on numerous occasions, hugs shown between family members, dress strap slides off teenaged girl’s shoulder.

Language: C+
At least: 22 mild profanities, 5 moderate profanities, 2 terms of Deity as expletives and 1 use in reference to Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C+
Main character smokes throughout film, smoking and drinking shown in social gatherings, workers shown smoking on job, man offered a martini, man invites another man to go for a drink.

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Tucker: The Man And His Dream Parents' Guide

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.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Tucker: The Man And His Dream movie is August 28, 2018. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Release Date: 28 August 2018
Tucker: The Man and His Dream release to home video in a 30th Anniversary Edition. Special features include:
- Remastered copy of the film
- Deleted Scene (with optional commentary by Francis Ford Coppola)
-  Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
- Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
- “Under The Hood: Making Tucker”
- “Tucker: The Man and the Car” 1948 Promo Film (with Optional Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola)

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Another inspiring look at a man who will pay whatever it costs to pursue his dream can be found in Rudy, the story of a would-be football star. Or, if you’d rather delve into the need for family support while pursuing one’s dream, see Rod’s review of Selena.