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Greg Kinnear stars in “Flash of Genius” based on a true story.  An inventor in Detroit comes up with a way to make the intermittent windshield wiper work.  He takes out a patent, present his idea to the Ford Motor Company, and Ford goes ahead and basically steals it and puts it in cars without him.  So the guy spends most of the following years trying to sue Ford and get his rightful share of the proceeds.  It’s David versus Goliath to the nth degree.  In the process of this fight,  his family falls apart, he basically goes crazy, loses his job, and alienates most of the community.  But, in the end, the kids understand their dad and all that he’s been through, and they rally around to help him.  It’s a nice story, that like many true stories, you just couldn’t make up.  Lauren Graham plays the patient yet put-upon wife.

 


 

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Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 119 min - Drama - 3 October 2008
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In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids.

Director:  Marc Abraham
Writers:  Philip Railsback, John Seabrook
Stars:  Aaron Abrams, Alan Alda, Lauren Graham, Greg Kinnear, Tatiana Maslany

Storyline

In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids.


Tagline: Corporations have time, money, and power on their side. All Bob Kearns had was the truth.

Genres: Drama

Details

Official Website:  http://flashofgenius.net/
Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  3 October 2008

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Universal Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Strike Entertainment, Intermittent Productions

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 59 min
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