Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius

DVD - 2009
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Based on the true story of Robert Kearns. The Kearns' were a typical 1960s Detroit family. Bob is a college professor and part-time inventor. 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 originally embraced Bob's creation, unceremoniously shuns him. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work, or anyone else's for that matter, should be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. He and his family pay the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity.

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BridgettM
Apr 20, 2017

Flash of Genius is more interesting than you might expect a movie centered around windshield wipers to be. The cast and underdog story are good. It will make you think more about an invention you may have taken for granted, some of the perils of being an inventor and the challenges of fighting a big corporation. Watch for Tatiana Maslany, lead actress in the Orphan Black television series, in a small role. Flash of Genius is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Quimeras Sep 16, 2015

“Flash of Genius” is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while. It should resonate with anyone who has ever created something from their own imagination and with their own hands, whether it is a machine or a work of art, etc.

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Moonkwean
Jul 23, 2015

Very enjoyable watch.

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akirakato
Jun 12, 2015

This is a 2008 American biographical film directed by Marc Abraham.
It is about Dr. Robert Kearns and his legal battle against the Ford Motor Company when they developed an intermittent windshield wiper based on ideas the inventor had patented.
At trial, Dr. Kearns represents himself after attorney Gregory Lawson withdraws from the case, because Robert refuses to settle.
Eventually Kearns' ex-wife and children support him in his endeavor.
Toward the end of the trial, Ford offers Kearns a US$30 million settlement, but without admitting wrongdoing.
Kearns declines the settlement.
It is a really excellent little-guy-fights-the-giant movie.

NewYorkViews Feb 15, 2015

Interesting true-based historical story of Dr./Professor Robert Kearns' invention for a car, and the big corporate giant that tried to steal it as a freebie, and the impact to Kearns and his family. Great script, well acted, decent scenes, clear and eventful, but not very fast paced.

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StarGladiator
Oct 14, 2014

A good movie, not a great film, but a reality-based story typical of the history of invention in America, where the inventions of Philo Farnsworth [TV] and Edwin Armstrong [FM frequency] are stolen by Sarnoff, and Chester Gould has his laser stolen from him, essentially, as well as Chester Carlson and the Xerox process theft. So typical, and wasn't it Sears which stole the wratchet wrench from a young inventor? It never stops . . . the local Seattle media posited that with 747 laid off Microsoft employees, maybe there'd be more startups; but given their history, we'll probably be stuck with 747 more patent troll scammers! And let us never forget the reneging of Thomas Edison when Nikola Tesla fulfilled their agreement with his achievement, then would later try to undercut and supplant Tesla's AC current, but Tesla and Westinghouse bested him, making Tesla the father of the power grid!

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ncs1961
Aug 03, 2014

good story, useful message about the whole boot straps, if you only just work a little harder American Dream myth...but it just felt too long.

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ostwald
Jul 24, 2013

I saw the start of the movie and I did not like the movie I did not finish the movie this is not for children to watch

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Monolith
Mar 05, 2012

A man obsessed with 'right' and 'wrong'. With receiving deserving credit for HIS creation. So obsessed that he jeopardizes his marriage, his family, his career... all for his convictions; for recognition -- not money. David vs. Goliath. Dr. Robert Kearns, inventor, had amazing character and tenacity. Reminiscent of another brilliant man, Preston Tucker, who challenged the big three in the '40s with his own original automobile design. Greg Kinnear delivers an exceptional portrayal of him. Supporting cast, writing, etc... terrific. Great, great story. FIVE STARS.

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sallychau
Jan 10, 2012

Very inspirational story, and great casting.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

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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Michael
Jun 20, 2009

Slow and plotting - but like Kearns himself - well worth the wait! It was nice to see his redemption - but unfortunately for him - revenge truly was a plate served cold.

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Oct 13, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Oct 13, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Monolith
Mar 05, 2012

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!..."

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Monolith
Mar 05, 2012

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..."

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Oct 13, 2010

Ugogurl thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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