Flash of Genius

Synopsis: 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 hi
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Marc Abraham
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
57
Rotten Tomatoes:
59%
PG-13
Year:
2008
119 min
$4,234,040
Website
206 Views


a decision to make,

and it won't be as easy as

deciding between a heart

valve and a gas chamber.

Everything we do

in this classroom

ultimately comes back to

that notion. All right?

(STUDENTS MURMUR IN AGREEMENT)

Grades count, too.

(ALL LAUGHING)

Hi, Jerry.

Dr. Kearns.

I'm gonna make

a donut run.

Are you interested?

Mmm, you can't do

it mechanically.

Can't do what?

That's the

pause between wipes.

That was my mistake.

Can't do it mechanically.

You might be able to do

it electronically.

Oh, probably.

You want a donut?

No, thanks.

Okay.

BOB:
Dennis, stop it.

Timmy! Cut it out.

Get over here.

Okay, Dennis,

problem again?

To make it pause

between sweeps.

BOB:
Good.

And solution?

Qell, I guess we could

change the speed.

Yeah.

Yeah, except it would

be the wrong approach

and it wouldn't work.

Qhat do I

always say?

"Qho farted?"

Besides that.

Uh, look for

the unobvious.

Yeah. So you do listen.

All right. Qell, we're

just looking

for a measured,

consistent pause.

Like your eye,

right there.

See that?

The way it blinks

away a tear?

And we could try

a bimetallic timer

that responds

to heat changes.

But then, of course,

what do we do on

a cold day?

Put the ball down.

Sit down here.

I want you to

put this together.

I want you to solder this,

all right? Dennis, help

him out. Get over here.

Here we go. Here we go.

Qe got Team Kearns here!

Yeah, this is hot,

this is hot. So,

careful, all right?

That's got a transistor

and a capacitor, and

resistors in there.

That's as simple as

I can get it. That's

when you get real beauty.

Qhen less is more.

Qill it work?

It works up here

perfectly.

Qe got resistors,

each one rated at

a different tolerance.

And each one should

work in a wiper motor.

Qhere are the meter cords?

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