The Right Stuff 1983

The Right Stuff

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The Right Stuff packs a lot of movie into its hefty running time, spinning a colorful, fact-based story out of consistently engaging characters in the midst of epochal events.

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This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

Cast & Crew

Sam Shepard
Capt, Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot
Scott Glenn
Capt. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., Mercury Astronaut
Ed Harris
Maj. John Herschel Glenn Jr., Mercury Astronaut
Dennis Quaid
Gordon Cooper
Fred Ward
Gus Grissom
Barbara Hershey
Glennis Yeager
Kim Stanley
Pancho Barnes
Jane Dornacker
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James D. Brubaker
Executive Producer
Todd Boekelheide
Original Music
Bill Conti
Original Music
Caleb Deschanel
Cinematographer
Glenn Farr
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Critic Reviews for The Right Stuff

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  • Philip Kaufman's 1983 film is an efficient and absorbing recapitulation of the main events of Tom Wolfe's book that still never succeeds in capturing the inner drives and ethics of the test pilots and astronauts - the "right stuff" never materializes.

    February 4, 2019 | 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.

    January 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Kaufman has combined the resources and ingenuity of movie making with the freewheeling, damn-the-conventions style of of the New Journalism and come up with a generous, high-spirited look at the bravery and lunacy that was that era.

    December 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It means something to be a member of the brotherhood whose trials and accomplishments are celebrated so enjoyably in The Right Stuff.

    December 18, 2015 | 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...

    October 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Right Stuff

  • Jun 19, 2016
    Lots of people have chronicled great feats of human ingenuity but few (if any) have done so while consistently maintaining a satirical and borderline surreal tone. It's hard to imagine that Kaufman was allowed bizarre flights of fancy (the bumbling government agents played by Jeff Goldblum and Harry Shearer, the press corps played by an improvisational comedy troupe, etc.) in a movie that features Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier and John Glenn orbiting the earth.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2014
    Unlike the overkill in From the Earth to the Moon, the Right Stuff has it down to just the right lengthy length. Three hours is good for a voyage with these dynamic men who took great risks to travel into space.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    The heroes walking under our noses may have been walking on the moon as well. A great history lesson for those jaded in the age of technology. (Gotta admit that "Apollo 13" is betther, though.)
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2012
    A bit of an interesting history lesson and character study about the beginnings of the American space program. Shepard is iconic as Chuck Yeager, Harris does justice as John Glenn, and Fred Ward lends pathos as Virgil Grissom. A feeling of cowboys looking for the next bronc to break pervades the work.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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