Drama, Adaptation and Biopic. Rated PG-13.
Kinnear and Dermot Mulroney in Universal Pictures' Flash
of Genius - 2008
This is a true story
about Bob Kearns (Greg Kinnear) who is a Wayne State University
college professor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper
in his basement.
It all started on his
honeymoon when he tried to open a champagne bottle and the cork
hit his eye and it was then that he started thinking about how
the human eye works. The way it blinks at different speeds got
him excited about applying that technique into the automotive
He eventually showed
his product to Ford engineers in the parking lot of Ford Motor
Company. They liked it. Although he wanted to manufacture his
own product and start his own family business, he reluctantly
agreed to go into business with them.
When Ford suddenly
pulled out of the deal, he was devastated. Later he found out
that Ford and Chrysler had introduced and used his invention in
In 1971, the family
then moved to Maryland, where he suffered a nervous breakdown
and was institutionalized. It also took a toll on his marriage
which ended in divorce.
In 1978, Bob Kearns
began suing Ford Motor Company for patent infringement. In the
meantime, Ford had offered a settlement of $250,000 first, then
$10,000,000, then $30,000,000. But he turned it down since Ford
would not acknowledge his name as inventor of this product and
the fact that they stole his idea. In 1990, the trial had begun.
He represented himself against the huge giant company.
Kearns is obsessed
and determined to take them on and refused to be silenced based
on his principles.
This story will make
you sit at the edge of your seat and say "Go get 'em".
I enjoyed this movie
In Theatres Oct.