Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)

TV Movie   |    |  Biography, Drama

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The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.


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11 July 2006 | ma-cortes
| Biopic about the famous manager who revolutionized the industry
This film is based on true events about Henry Ford's (Cliff Robertson)life and how he changed America , but specially his hardship way to the success . As his marriage to Clara (Hope Lange), his tempestuous relationship with his son (R.H.Thomson) , lover (Heather Thomas) and helper (Michael Ironside) , while keeping his family together .

At the beginning his juvenile life , Henry Ford worked as a mechanic but he early designed his own prototypes (Daimler and Benz had invented some of them too) . The firm was founded in 1903 at Dearborn and named ¨Ford Motor Company¨ with the model Ford T for the consumer society and the bourgeois family , appearing the XX century cars civilization , achieving a selling of fifteen millions . The working system consisted in a production line by means of an assembly line work which reduced costs and revolutionized the Enterprise , being its center the city of Detroit . The employees received a wage of five dollars a day and they bought their own Ford cars . Henry Ford got a big time ; however , he failed in peaceable campaign about First World War (1914-1918) and he discredit himself in anti-Jewish advertising in the 20s and the confrontation against the trade unions in the 30s . The film was well directed by Allan Eastman , an usual director of television movies .


Release Date:

11 May 1987



Country of Origin

Canada, USA

Filming Locations

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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