Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius

"Corporations have time, money, and power on their side. All Bob Kearns had was the truth."
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 7.0  (16,486)
  • 57

In 1953, part-time inventor Robert Kearns comes up with an idea for a wiper blade that blinks intermittently after he is nearly blinded by a champagne cork. The invention results in a decades-long court battle with Ford Motor Company, who stole Kearns' idea. After attempting to hammer out a deal with Ford -- and receiving no response after several months -- it comes to Kearns' attention while attending a Ford convention that his idea has been ripped off. Looking to gain credit for his invention, Kearns goes as far as traveling to Washington D.C. His efforts lead to his confinement to a mental hospital and returning home a dejected man. After facing a number of financial and personal setbacks, Kearns finally has his day in court. Instead of hiring his own attorney, he represents himself. Once the attorneys for Ford Motor Company sense their case isn't going as expected, a $30 million settlement is offered -- and flatly turned down by Kearns when Ford refuses Kearns' terms of admitting to stealing the idea.

Flash of Genius
Flash Of Genius: The Family Goes For A Test Drive
Flash Of Genius: The Family Goes For A Test Drive

Clip - 31 sec

Flash Of Genius: Gregory Explains The Perils Of Raking On Thia Case
Flash Of Genius: Gregory Explains The Perils Of Raking On Thia Case

Clip - 54 sec

Flash Of Genius: Phyllis Tells Bob This May Be The Moment
Flash Of Genius: Phyllis Tells Bob This May Be The Moment

Clip - 51 sec

Flash Of Genius
Flash Of Genius

Trailer - 2 min 25 sec

Flash Of Genius: Bob Tells Gregory His Purpose In Life
Flash Of Genius: Bob Tells Gregory His Purpose In Life

Clip - 41 sec

Flash Of Genius (Trailer 1)
Flash Of Genius (Trailer 1)

Trailer - 2 min 25 sec

Description
In 1953, part-time inventor Robert Kearns comes up with an idea for a wiper blade that blinks intermittently after he is nearly blinded by a champagne cork. The invention results in a decades-long court battle with Ford Motor Company, who stole Kearns' idea. After attempting to hammer out a deal with Ford -- and receiving no response after several months -- it comes to Kearns' attention while attending a Ford convention that his idea has been ripped off.

Looking to gain credit for his invention, Kearns goes as far as traveling to Washington D.C. His efforts lead to his confinement to a mental hospital and returning home a dejected man. After facing a number of financial and personal setbacks, Kearns finally has his day in court. Instead of hiring his own attorney, he represents himself.

Once the attorneys for Ford Motor Company sense their case isn't going as expected, a $30 million settlement is offered -- and flatly turned down by Kearns when Ford refuses Kearns' terms of admitting to stealing the idea.

Flash of Genius is a 2008 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 59 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 57.

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  • Release Date
    2008
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 59 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (16,486)
  • Metascore
    57