Biopic of Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges), who, with the help of his wife Vera (Joan Allen) and eldest son (Christian Slater), tries to build up his own car manufacturing business against all odds.
In the Second World War he works for the army and designs an armored car. At the end of the war, he envisions to build the "car of the future." This car should carry a number of all new safety measures, such as disc brakes, seat belts, and a pop out windshield. Tucker hires Abe Karatz (Martin Landau) to arrange financial resources for his company. Rounding up the money by issuing shares, Tucker and Karatz buy a big car-building Plant to suit their manufacturing needs.
Tucker is sent off by his board of directors on a tour to draw attention to his company and new car, to ensure enough backing for his product. At the same time, Tucker is attacked by the big three car manufacturers and the Michigan State authorities, led by Senator Ferguson (Lloyd Bridges). Tucker gets accused of stock fraud, but when he can show sufficient numbers of his new car, proving his production status, the lawsuit is resolved. Nevertheless, his company goes bankrupt. A couple of years later he dies of a heart attack, never realizing his life's dream of building a state-of-the-art car.
Best part of story, including ending:
The story itself is interesting enough, but somehow you don't really feel for the main character, Preston Tucker.
Best scene in story:
His speech to the jurors on how large corporations ruin not only small entrepreneurs like himself, but also harm free enterprise in general, the very foundation of any affluent society.
Opinion about the main character:
He doesn't become a real person, that you care for.