Tucker: The Man and His Dream


A genuine crowd-pleaser that couldn’t please enough crowds in 1988, Tucker: The Man and His Dream has finally found an audience. Tim defends 80s Coppola and calls out critics who dismissed his post-Godfather II output; Dan talks about the film’s enthusiasm for its subject and how that enthusiasm helps the viewer feel like those who find themselves in any great leader’s orbit. Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Wordsworth, and Emerson all find their way into the conversation. Larry David may want us to curb our enthusiasm, but even he couldn’t keep Tucker down. So hold that tiger and give it a listen!

Steve Lehto’s Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow tells the story upon which Coppola’s film is based—and has a Foreword by Jay Leno, who owns one of the 46 or 47 Tucker Torpedoes in existence. You can find more information and photos at the official Tucker Automobile Club of America.

Follow us on X or Letterboxd. Incredible bumper music by Joe Jackson, from his soundtrack to the film.

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