Right Stuff

Directed By: Philip Kaufman Starring: Scott Glenn Ed Harris

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Still one of my favorites

on 5/26/2012

This movie is great for anybody interested in the beginnings of the space program. I especially enjoy how it begins with Chuck Yeager's historic flight past Mach 1. This movie really brought Yeager's accomplishments into the limelight. There is also a lot of humor mixed in that really keeps you watching!

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The up close and personal story of america's space program at its conception.


Studio Warner
SKU 40221086
UPC 085392449927
UPC 14 00085392449927
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2005
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
High Flying
Space Exploration
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Punch a hole in the sky."--Glennis Yeager (Barbara Hershey) to Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard)
New York Times "...Rousing....Probably the brightest and the best rookie/cadet movie ever made..." 10/21/1983 p.C5,Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1983" 12/25/1983 p.II:15
Variety "...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..." 10/12/1983
USA Today "...One of the best Hollywood movies of the past 20 years..." 01/15/1993 p.3D
Chicago Sun-Times "...Kaufman's love for the Yaeger character pays off in the magical closing sequence of the film..." 02/16/2003 p.4
Entertainment Weekly "...Flying at its coolest..." 12/19/2003 p.60
Premiere "[The film] delivers real exuberance....Time has been good to it." 03/01/2004 p.96
Philip Kaufman
Scott Glenn
Ed Harris
Cast & Crew
Barbara Hershey - Actor
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Ed Harris - Actor
Fred Ward - Actor
Kim Stanley - Actor
Sam Shepard - Actor
Scott Glenn - Actor
Tom Wolfe - Based On Novel By
Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer
Phillip Kaufman - Director
Glenn Farr, et al. - Editor
Irwin Winkler - Producer
Robert Chartoff - Producer
Geoffrey Kirkland - Production Designer
Philip Kaufman - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1983
Catalog ID 24499
UPC 00085392449927
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 193 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1984) Jay Boekelheide, Winner, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Glenn Farr, et al., Winner, Best Film Editing,Mark Berger, et al., Winner, Best Sound,Bill Conti, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
ReviewSource Variety
Review The Right Stuff is a humdinger. Full of beauty, intelligence and excitement, this big-scale look at the development of the US space program and its pioneering aviators provides a fresh, entertaining look back at the recent past.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Glenn,Scott
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gene Shalit, The Today Show The Right Stuff has vigor, action, humor and heroics. It will have your spirits soaring.
Pat Collins, CBS Morning News An instant American Classic

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