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

David Clennon who portrays "liaison man" in The Right Stuff, also appears in the space-themed From the Earth to the Moon (1998) portraying Dr. Lee Silver, who trains astronauts. See more »

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When Alan Shepard is landing on the aircraft carrier, flight deck crewmen are seen wearing flotation devices known as "float coats." These were not used until the late 1960s or early 1970s. 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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Edited into Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) See more »

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Performed by the Andreyev Balalaika Ensemble
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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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