The Right Stuff
How the future began.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 3 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 8, 2011
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward & Dennis Quaid|
|Performer:||Barbara Hershey, Charles Frank, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Scott Paulin, Lance Henriksen, Donald Moffat, Levon Helm, Scott Wilson, Kathy Baker, William Russ & Kim Stanley|
|Directed by||Philip Kaufman|
|Edited by||Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Tom Rolf, Stephen A. Rotter & Douglas Stewart|
|Screenplay by||Philip Kaufman|
|Composition by||Bill Conti|
|Produced by||Irwin Winkler & Robert Chartoff|
|Director of Photography:||Caleb Deschanel|
|Executive Production by||James D. Brubaker|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Punch a hole in the sky."
- Glennis Yeager (Barbara Hershey) to Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard)
Academy Awards 1983 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1983 - Best Original Score: Bill Conti
Academy Awards 1983 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1983 - Best Sound Effects Editing
The Right Stuff is a spectacular celebration of those heroes of the skies -- those fly jocks who fought the demons of space to launch a new era in American air technology. Full Review
Moviegoers seeking a grand yet edifying entertainment, right-stuffed with what Kaufman calls "seriousness of subject matter and a wild humor that comes out of left field," now know where to look... Full Review
Rarely has a film made a historic accomplishment seem so vivid and personal... It makes you wonder, quite suddenly, why there aren't more movies like this. Full Review
...Full of beauty, intelligence and excitement....[The film] provides a fresh, entertaining look back at the recent past....[The] cinematography is lustrous and impeccably clean...
...Kaufman's love for the Yaeger character pays off in the magical closing sequence of the film...
It means something to be a member of the brotherhood whose trials and accomplishments are celebrated so enjoyably in The Right Stuff. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- A great movie that unfortunately failed to attract audiences back in '83, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about astronauts pays tribute to what we would like to believe represents the American spirit: hard work, perseverance, camaraderie and vision. Full Review
This epic chronicle of the seven pilots chosen to become astronauts for Project Mercury is based on the novel by Tom Wolfe. Deep in the desert during the 1950s, army test pilots courageously fought to break the sound barrier. These maverick men would stop at nothing to achieve winning speed. Led by their champion, Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard), they caroused at the local watering hole while sharing tales of extreme sport and bravery--until the Russians successfully sent their Sputnik satellite into the skies, and the United States government panicked, quickly launching a space program of its own. In an effort to find the right men for the job, the government searched the desert and the seas, compiling a crew of daredevil space cowboys willing to do anything for the chance to represent America in the space race. After grueling medical, physical, and psychological tests, seven men were left standing, led by American hero John Glenn (Ed Harris), test pilots Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid), Gus Grissom (Fred Ward), and Scott Carpenter (Charles Frank), and Navy man Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn). With the help of the media and the government, these men became overnight heroes, sacrificing their freedom and their families for the dream of space travel. This piercing exploration of the men and wives behind the mission serves as a testament to the determination of America to dominate the field of space exploration, while offering an intriguing portrait of a period in which America wanted to believe in perfect men and their perfect wives, even if the reality was vastly more complex. Philip Kaufman's gripping film also features fabulous special effects and stunning aerial cinematography.
THE RIGHT STUFF is the epic chronicle of the seven pilots chosen to be the astronauts of Project Mercury. Also featured is the story of Chuck Yeager, the test pilot who first broke the sound barrier.
Action | Adventure | High Flying | Space Exploration | Suspense | Thriller | True Story | Recommended | Achievers | Essential Cinema
- Look for the cameo appearance by real-life pilot Chuck Yeager as a bartender.
- Film was originally rated R by the MPAA but received a PG on appeal.