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Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 3 October 2008 (USA)
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Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

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Marc Abraham

Writers:

Philip Railsback, John Seabrook (article)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Bob Kearns
Tim Eddis Tim Eddis ... Maryland Cop #1
Warren Belle ... Maryland Cop #2
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Pete
Bill Lake ... Scott
Dermot Mulroney ... Gil Previck
Lauren Graham ... Phyllis Kearns
Landon Norris ... Young Dennis
Shae Norris Shae Norris ... Young Kathy
Steven Woodworth Steven Woodworth ... Young Tim
Victoria Learn Victoria Learn ... Young Maureen
Dylan Authors ... Young Patrick
Ronn Sarosiak Ronn Sarosiak ... Reverend
Gavin Kuiack Gavin Kuiack ... Baby Bob Jr.
Ben Kuiak Ben Kuiak ... Baby Bob Jr.
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Storyline

Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, Flash of Genius tells the tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win. The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un éclair de génie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,251,075, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$4,442,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,802,953
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Alda only worked 2 days. See more »

Goofs

Another error with the years of the cars. When Robert Kearns drops his keys outside the Ford Pavillion in the rain, a 1972 and a 1973 Mustang Fastback passes him by with their Intermittent Wipers operating. When he steps into the Pavillion, they are obviously introducing the all new designed 1971 Mustang. Dr Kearns also looks into a convertible on the floor which was a 1971 LTD you can see by the fenders, headrests and logo shown, possibly a 1972. Ford stopped making convertible LTD's with the new 1973 design. See more »

Quotes

Bob Kearns: 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 give you the key to the city and call you a hero. You get a check, and that check makes the lives of you and your family a little easier... a little more pleasant. It's that simple.
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Crazy Credits

Today there are over 145 million automobiles on the road with the Intermittent Windshield Wiper. See more »

Connections

Referenced in William Yeager v. NPR (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Stage Door Queen
Written by Dick Wagner (as Richard Wagner)
Performed by Ursa Major
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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User Reviews

 
Good interesting movie
17 November 2008 | by nuhcSee all my reviews

This is another true David & Goliath story which pits a home inventor, Bob Kearns, who develops a working intermittent windshield wiper control, against the Ford Motor Company who stole his idea after he demonstrated it to them. The strain is at times too much for Kearns who eventually suffers a mental breakdown, but comes back to take on Ford in a monumental lawsuit despite the strains on his marriage & family.

While a lot of people probably won't be interested in true life stories like this, I enjoy them and did enjoy this movie. The acting is good, and since the story is set in the 1960's & 1970's, you really get a feel for that era. It's worth a watch.


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