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The Right Stuff (1983)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  21 October 1983 (USA)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

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Tom Wolfe's book on the history of the U.S. Space program reads like a novel, and the film has that same fictional quality. It covers the breaking of the sound barrier by Chuck Yeager to the Mercury 7 astronauts, showing that no one had a clue how to run a space program or how to select people to be in it. Thrilling, funny, charming and electrifying all at once. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Der Stoff aus dem die Helden sind  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,500,000 (USA)
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The B-29 mother ship for the Chuck Yeager/X-1 scenes was played by the Commemorative Air Force's "FIFI," the only B-29 in flyable condition. She was painted up to match the actual mother ship used in the late 40's, complete with a dark under-belly so she would be more visible to ground personnel tracking her in the Mojave sky, and "stork delivering a baby" nose art. She appeared again, in the same paint job and nose art, in the Disney movie The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980). In the early 90's she went back to Boeing in Everett, WA, where she received a complete overhaul, new windows, doors and seals, and a fresh new paint job better matched to her role as a WWII bomber. FIFI is still flying today. See more »

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When Nurch Murch peers through the glass at Gordo, it goes from being covered in condensation to clear from one shot to another. See more »

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Narrator: There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier.
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"The Right Stuff": That Is Exactly What This Film Has
4 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Outstanding film from 1983 that was honored with four Academy Awards and is often called the second-best film of the 1980s behind only Scorsese's "Raging Bull". The movie is a 190-plus minute extravaganza which honors the U.S. Mercury 7 Astronauts. The all-star cast includes Sam Shepard (as Chuck Yeager in an Oscar-nominated role of a lifetime), Ed Harris (John Glenn), Scott Glenn (Alan Shepard), Fred Ward (Gus Grissom), Lance Henriksen (Walter Schirra), Dennis Quaid (Gordon Cooper), and Donald Moffat (Lyndon Baines Johnson). The film is solid in so many respects. It is meticulous and tries to go for drama and humor and succeeds in everything it wants to do. Veronica Cartwright, Barbara Hershey, Pamela Reed, Kathy Baker, and Mary Jo Deschanel are also along for the ride as several of the wives who attempt to keep their heads about them while they fear that their husbands are losing theirs. "The Right Stuff" is a historical lesson told in a way that is so clever and convincing that few will find fault with anything when it comes to the story-telling. Writer-director Philip Kaufman easily does the best work of his career with this masterpiece. Look for Cincinnati Bengal Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz in a cameo appearance. Arguably the best film of the 1980s and should have been the Best Picture Oscar winner over "Terms of Endearment" in 1983. 5 stars out of 5.


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