7.8/10
53,983
192 user 74 critic

The Right Stuff (1983)

Trailer
3:31 | Trailer
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Philip Kaufman (written for the screen by), Tom Wolfe (based on the book by)
Reviews
Popularity
3,592 ( 324)
Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Shepard ... Chuck Yeager
Scott Glenn ... Alan Shepard
Ed Harris ... John Glenn
Dennis Quaid ... Gordon Cooper
Fred Ward ... Gus Grissom
Barbara Hershey ... Glennis Yeager
Kim Stanley ... Pancho Barnes
Veronica Cartwright ... Betty Grissom
Pamela Reed ... Trudy Cooper
Scott Paulin ... Deke Slayton
Charles Frank ... Scott Carpenter
Lance Henriksen ... Wally Schirra
Donald Moffat ... Lyndon B. Johnson
Levon Helm ... Jack Ridley / Narrator
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Annie Glenn
Learn more

More Like This 

Louis Cyr (2013)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Biopic of Louis Cyr, strongest man in the world at the end of the 19th Century.

Director: Daniel Roby
Stars: Antoine Bertrand, Guillaume Cyr, Rose-Maïté Erkoreka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The young but travelled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José María Prada
Alice I (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme
Nada (1974)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Fabio Testi, Maurice Garrel, Lou Castel
The Sea Gull (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave, Simone Signoret
No Filter (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Beatrice celebrates with her family the release of her book: she tells about the accident of her husband Frederic. He became blind and without filter - always so funny and seductive, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Lavaine
Stars: Alexandra Lamy, José Garcia, Michaël Youn
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a straight-laced British accountant marries a free-spirited American, he starts trying to change her. His wife doesn't keep regular hours, so he suspects an affair and hires a ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Mia Farrow, Topol, Michael Jayston
Saint George (2016)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unemployed boxer turned collection agency employee deals with the deplorable methods they have to use when collecting bad debts.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Nuno Lopes, Mariana Nunes, David Semedo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar.

Director: Shôhei Imamura
Stars: Masumi Harukawa, Kô Nishimura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. Will Dixon's vicious nature get the better of him?

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill
The Closet (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work.

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte
The Scapegoat (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

There is something strange - some would even say abnormal - about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family, even ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Bary
Stars: Raphaël Personnaz, Bérénice Bejo, Guillaume de Tonquédec

Photos

Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

America was looking for a hero who had what it takes to become a legend. America found seven of them. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »

Goofs

The call sign of the X-1 that crashes before Yeager's flight is "Whiskey Kilo Two." "Whiskey" and "Kilo" represent W and K in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, which the U.S. Armed Forces adopted in 1956. Yeager's flight took place in 1947, when the armed forces used the Joint Army-Navy Phonetic Alphabet, in which "William" and "King" represent W and K. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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.
See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Arranged by Bill Conti
[Heard at the ticker tape parade for John Glenn]
See more »

User Reviews

 
History Is Made Of This Stuff
5 October 2009 | by claudiaeilcinemaSee all my reviews

It was wonderful to see again this 1983 gem. Just as I remembered plus those unexpected surprises that time puts in evidence. Kim Stanley for instance. A few minutes on the screen, a peripheral character but I took her with me and here I am, thinking about her. The "starry" role jet pilots played and that new breed: "tha astronauts" getting the all American treatment, becoming overnight celebrities. Ed Harris is extraordinary as John Glenn. He becomes a sort of leader with some TV experience and we never ask why. Ed Harris's performance explains it all without ever actually saying it. Dennis Quaid is irresistible as "Gordo" Cooper. You believe every one of his thoughts, specially the ones he never reveals. In spite of the film's length, I wished the film would not end. I haven't had that wish very often. "The Right Stuff" is the real thing.


30 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 192 user reviews »

Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Right Stuff See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,601,167, 23 October 1983

Gross USA:

$21,192,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,192,102
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Ladd Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed