Flash of GeniusDVD - 2009
"...It's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way..."--Baltimore Sun
"Alda gives the film's strongest performance. Kinnear, often a player of light comedy, does a convincing job of making this quiet, resolute man into a giant slayer."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Keams' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry. Tells the tale of one man who fought to receive recognition for his ingenuity at any price.
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Bob Kearns, an casual inventor who developed the intermittent wiper used in cars today. The time is the early 1960s and the Ford Motor Company stole his invention, or did they?
Bob becomes obsessed with his invention & hope for redemption. More than a court room drama, this movie shows dedication to the invention, while maintaining dignity.
Life and family help/ get in the way, but will Bob get his due diligence in the end?
A must see, even only to see Corporate America at it's worse.
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Dr. Robert Kearns: "Whatever happened to this little thing called 'justice' you talked about?" Atty. 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 a key to the city - and call you a hero... You get a check!..."
Dr. Robert Kearns (to his students): "...My name is Dr. Robert Kearns and I'd like to start by talking to you about ethics. I can't think of a job or a career where the understanding of ethics is more important than engineering. Who designed the artificial aortic heart valve? ...An engineer did that. Who designed the gas chambers at Auschwitz? ...An engineer did that too. One man was responsible for helping save tens of thousands of lives... Another man helped kill millions..."