PG-13 | | Biography, Drama
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
Marc Abraham submitted numerous revisions to the screenplay to Universal Studios chief Stacey Snider who repeatedly told him that the reason the script was a hard sell was because the character of Kearns was not likeable. Abraham stuck to his guns however, insisting that this made it more realistic (and having worked alongside the real Kearns for many years, he knew his subject). When Universal underwent a management change, his project finally received the greenlight.
Whatever happened to this little thing called justice we talked about?
Gregory Lawson: This is justice, Bob. This is how justice is dispensed in this country - with checkbooks. There are no brass bands, you know, there are no ticker tape parades, the mayor doesn't ...
Early on Robert, as a "professor of mechanical engineering", said a pause in the wiper couldn't be done mechanically. But it can - if he knew how a clock works, a cog and clutch make up the escapement to intermittently drive the hands by a mainspring at even tension. His electronic design, however, had two fewer dragging parts to wear down.
Following his verdict over Ford, Bob received $18.7 million from the Chrysler Corporation.
$2,251,075 (USA) (5 October 2008)
$4,234,040 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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