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The Right Stuff (1983)

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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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Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chuck Yeager
... Alan Shepard
... John Glenn
... Gordon Cooper
... Gus Grissom
... Glennis Yeager
... Pancho Barnes
... Betty Grissom
... Trudy Cooper
... Deke Slayton
... Scott Carpenter
... Wally Schirra
... Lyndon B. Johnson
... Jack Ridley / Narrator
... Annie Glenn
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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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The spectacular story of America's first astronauts. See more »


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17 February 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Stoff aus dem die Helden sind  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,601,167, 23 October 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Hall of Fame lineman and Cincinnati Bengals player Anthony Muñoz, has a cameo appearance in the movie as a nurse. His actual voice is dubbed over. See more »

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Near the beginning of film, after the civilian pilot demands $150k to try to break the sound barrier, the group that asked him approach Yeager to see if he will do it. They get his attention by calling "Major" to him, but Yeager is wearing a Captains insignia at the time. 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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Referenced in Twisted (2004) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes For You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Flamingos
Courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.
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History Is Made Of This Stuff
5 October 2009 | by See 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.


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