Poster

The Right Stuff ()


Reference View | Change View


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

Director:
Awards:
  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations.
  • See more »
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Edit
...
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
...
Scott Crossfield
...
Louise Shepard
Mickey Crocker ...
Marge Slayton
Susan Kase ...
Rene Carpenter
Mittie Smith ...
Jo Schirra
...
Minister
...
Liaison Man
...
Air Force Major
...
Recruiter
...
Recruiter
Scott Beach ...
Chief Scientist
Jane Dornacker ...
Nurse Murch
Anthony Munoz ...
Gonzales
...
Head of Program
Darryl Henriques ...
Life Reporter
Eric Sevareid ...
Eric Sevareid
...
Slick Goodlin
Drew Letchworth ...
The Permanent Press Corps
Christopher P. Beale ...
The Permanent Press Corps
Richard Dupell ...
The Permanent Press Corps
William Hall ...
The Permanent Press Corps
John X. Heart ...
The Permanent Press Corps
Ed Holmes ...
The Permanent Press Corps
Jack Bruno Tate ...
The Permanent Press Corps
Edward Anhalt ...
Grand Designer
...
Woman Reporter
Robert Beer ...
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Erik Bergmann ...
Eddie Hodges
James Brady ...
Aide to Lyndon B. Johnson (as James M. Brady)
Katherine Conklin ...
Woman TV Reporter
Maureen Coyne ...
Waitress
Tom Dahlgren ...
Bell Aircraft Executive
John Lion ...
Bell Aircraft Executive
Peggy Davis ...
Sally Rand
...
Henry Luce
Robert Elross ...
Review Board President
Drew Eshelman ...
Assistant Scientist
Robert J. Geary ...
Game Show M.C.
Royce Grones ...
1st X-1 Pilot (as Major Royce Grones)
...
Aborigine
Anthony Wallis ...
Australian Driver (as Anthony Wallace)
Kaaren Lee ...
Young Widow
Sandy Kronemeyer ...
Cocoa Beach Girl
Frankie Di ...
Cocoa Beach Girl
Michael Pritchard ...
Texan
Ed Corbett ...
Texan
...
Girl at Pancho's (as O-Lan Shepard)
Mark Todd ...
Astronaut Trainee
Allen Gebhardt ...
Astronaut Trainee (as Alan Gebhart)
...
Fred (as General Chuck Yeager)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Gilbert Bazan ...
Spectator (uncredited)
...
NYPD Patrolman (uncredited)
Ronnie Dee Blaire ...
Voiceover (uncredited)
Nikolai Bulganin ...
Himself - Viewing Parade for Gagarin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
José Jimenez (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Craig Elario ...
Himself (uncredited)
...
Fan at the cow palace (uncredited)
...
Himself - Embracing Khrushchev (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
Himself - Standing Behind JFK (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Nikita Khrushchev ...
Himself - Embracing Gagarin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
Mission Control Room Man (uncredited)
Georgi Malenkov ...
Himself - Viewing Parade for Gagarin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
James Mathers ...
Capt. Mills (uncredited)
Anastas Mikoyan ...
Himself - Viewing Parade for Gagarin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
Reporter (uncredited)
Mimi Sarkisian ...
New Mexico Nurse in Lobby (uncredited)
Gregory Rae Stone ...
Hero Extra (uncredited)
Tony Toscano ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Kliment Voroshilov ...
Himself - Viewing Parade for Gagarin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
...
Technician (uncredited)

Directed by

Edit
Philip Kaufman

Written by

Edit
Philip Kaufman ... (written for the screen by)
 
Tom Wolfe ... (based on the book by)

Produced by

Edit
James D. Brubaker ... executive producer
Robert Chartoff ... producer
Irwin Winkler ... producer

Music by

Edit
Bill Conti

Cinematography by

Edit
Caleb Deschanel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Edit
Glenn Farr
Lisa Fruchtman
Tom Rolf
Stephen A. Rotter
Douglas Stewart

Editorial Department

Edit
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Louis Benioff ... first assistant editor
Susanna Blaustein ... apprentice editor
Nicole Boris ... editorial assistant
David Dresher ... apprentice editor
Jack Garsha ... color timer
Cliff Latimer ... apprentice editor (as Clifford Latimer)
Victor Livingston ... first assistant editor
John Morris ... apprentice editor
Sara Roberts ... assistant editor
Bob Sarles ... apprentice editor
Frank Simeone ... apprentice editor (as Franklin Simeone)
John Teton ... editorial consultant
Jeff Watts ... assistant editor
Jenny Weyman-Cockle ... assistant editor (as Jennifer Weyman-Cockle)
Robert Yano ... apprentice editor
William Chartoff ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Edit
Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

Edit
Geoffrey Kirkland

Art Direction by

Edit
W. Stewart Campbell
Richard Lawrence ... (as Richard J. Lawrence)
Peter R. Romero ... (as Peter Romero)

Set Decoration by

Edit
George R. Nelson
Jim Poynter ... (as Pat Pending)

Makeup Department

Edit
Karen Bradley ... makeup artist
Catherine Childers ... hair stylist
Yvonne Curry ... makeup artist (as J. Yvonne Curry)
Bruce Geller ... hair stylist
Pat Grover ... hair stylist (as Patricia Grover)

Production Management

Edit
James D. Brubaker ... production manager
Ned Kopp ... production manager: additional photography
Larry Powell ... unit production manager: desert and aerial unit
David Whorf ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
Nancy Giebink ... second assistant director: additional unit
L. Dean Jones Jr. ... second assistant director
Michael Looney ... additional second assistant director
Sharon Mann ... additional second assistant director
Ed Milkovich ... first assistant director: desert and aerial unit (as Edward F. Milkovich)
Charles Myers ... first assistant director (as Charles A. Myers) / first assistant director: additional unit (as Charles A. Myers)

Art Department

Edit
James R. Allen ... assistant property master
Thomas Anderson ... labor foreman
Peter Bankins ... lead set dresser (as Peteris M. Bankins)
Steve Banks ... additional set dresser
Tim Boxell ... storyboard artist
Alan Covey Jr. ... greensman
Dale Edward Cowart ... drapery foreman
Paul Dal Porto ... property master
Bruce Di Valerio ... construction foreman
Cal DiValerio ... supervising construction coordinator (as Cal Di Valerio)
Craig Edgar ... set designer
Robert Evans ... stand-by painter
Emily Ferry ... supervising property master
Tom J. Furginson ... lead set dresser (as Thomas J. Furginson)
Gary Gutierrez ... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Hamilton ... paint coordinator
Dale Haugo ... paint foreman (as Dale Halgo)
Donald E. Kerns ... additional set dresser
Rich Larson ... storyboard artist (as Richard Larson)
Joel David Lawrence ... set designer
Leo Loverro ... construction foreman
Rick Moore ... artist
Nick Navarro ... set designer (as Nicanor Navarro)
Gene Rudolf ... visual consultant
Don Watson ... drapery supervisor
Dwight Williams ... construction coordinator (as Dwight E. Williams)
George Zimninsky ... lead set dresser
William Boyd ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Scott H. Campbell ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gerald Gates Jr. ... paint foreman (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Edit
C.J. Appel ... adr editor
Sandina Bailo-Lape ... Dialogue and ADR Assistant (as Sandina Bailo)
Tom Bellfort ... adr assistant
Danny Benson ... cable person
John Benson ... sound effects editor
Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide ... supervising sound editor
Todd Boekelheide ... re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco ... sound technician
Valerie Bryce ... recordist
T.M. Christopher ... sound effects assistant (as Tom Christopher)
Sukey Fontelieu ... sound effects assistant
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam ... dialogue editor
Cynthia Haagens ... foley assistant editor
Tim Holland ... sound effects editor
Richard Hymns ... supervising dialogue editor
Pat Jackson ... sound effects editor
Mary Helen Leasman ... changes assistant
David MacMillan ... production sound mixer (as David R.B. MacMillan)
Michael Magill ... sound effects assistant
Robert Marty ... recordist
Barbara McBane ... dialogue editor
Marilyn McCoppen ... dialogue assistant
David Parker ... Location and Sound Effects Mixer
Diana Pellegrini ... foley editor
Steve Powell ... boom operator (as Stephen E. Powell)
E. Jeane Putnam ... sound apprentice (as Jeane Putnam)
Fred Runner ... sound apprentice
Paige Sartorius ... sound apprentice
Thomas Scott ... re-recording mixer (as Tom Scott)
Michael Silvers ... dialogue assistant
Karen Spangenberg ... dialogue assistant
Stephen Sutter ... re-recording mix assistant (as Stephen J. Sutter)
Randy Thom ... re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
Christopher Weir ... sound effects assistant
Karen G. Wilson ... sound effects editor (as Karen Wilson)
Andy Wiskes ... re-recording mixer
J. Michael Davis ... sound sampler (uncredited)
Richard Hymns ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David Parker ... sound effects recordist (uncredited) / sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Ewa Sztompke ... sound technician (uncredited)
Clive Taylor ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Randy Thom ... sound effects recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Edit
Stan Parks ... special effects foreman
Ken Pepiot ... special effects supervisor (as Kenneth Pepiot)
David Pier ... special effects foreman
Rod P. Sharpe ... technical engineering advisor
Joseph C. Sasgen ... special effects electronics (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Edit
Terry Lynn Allen ... editorial coordinator: USFX
Peter Amundson ... editorial coordinator: USFX
Stewart Barbee ... effects cameraman: USFX
Jordan Belson ... special visual creations
Leigh Blicher ... editorial coordinator: USFX
Zac Bogart ... motion control systems designer: USFX
Michael Bottero ... key grip: USFX
Kris Boxell ... art assistant: USFX
Bill Buttfield ... modelmaker: USFX
David Carothers ... modelmaker: USFX
Peter Daulton ... first assistant cameraman: USFX
Don Dow ... effects cameraman: USFX (as Donald Dow)
John V. Fante ... effects cameraman: USFX
Rick Fichter ... effects cameraman: USFX
Whitney Green ... production manager: USFX
William Groshelle ... second assistant cameraman: USFX
Gary Gutierrez ... supervisor special visual effects: USFX
Peter Hadres ... key grip: USFX
Bill Hansard Jr. ... process coordinator (as William G. Hansard Jr.)
Donald Hansard Sr. ... process coordinator (as Donald R. Hansard)
Toby Heindel ... second assistant cameraman: USFX
H. Kent Hendricks ... photographic printer: USFX
Karl Herrmann ... effects cameraman: USFX
Jan M. Heyneker ... chief stage technician: USFX
Jena Holman ... art supervisor: USFX
Jay Ignaszewski ... chief stage technician: USFX
Rick Kerrigan ... production administator: USFX (as Richard Kerrigan)
Greg Kimble ... second assistant cameraman: USFX (as Gregory Kimble)
Pete Kleinow ... modelmaker: USFX (as Peter Kleinow)
Dan Kuhn ... key grip: USFX
Michael Lawler ... effects cameraman: USFX
Frank Morelli ... chief model designer: USFX
Deborah Morgan ... second assistant cameraman: USFX
Thaine Morris ... pyrotechnician: USFX
Earle Murphy ... model shop supervisor: USFX
Bill Neil ... effects cameraman: USFX (as William Neil)
Jenny Oznowicz ... editorial apprentice: USFX
Diana Pellegrini ... editorial coordinator: USFX
Rick Perkins ... mechanical designer: USFX
Gary Platek ... technical researcher: USFX
Bruce Richardson ... modelmaker: USFX
Lawrence G. Robinson ... process supervisor
Martin Rosenberg ... first assistant cameraman: USFX
Tom Rudduck ... modelmaker: USFX
John Rynn ... computer programmer: USFX
David Shwartz ... modelmaker: USFX
Mark Stetson ... chief model designer: USFX
Gordon Stout ... engineering consultant: USFX
Chris Strohmeyer ... key grip: USFX
Zuzana Swansea ... modelmaker: USFX
Pat Turner ... first assistant cameraman: USFX (as Patrick Turner)
Christine Whitney ... assistant production administrator: USFX
Thomas Baker ... main title graphics (uncredited)
Ira Keeler ... model maker (uncredited)
Susan Turner ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

Edit
Rande DeLuca ... parachute stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator
Clay Lacy ... stunt pilot
Phil Pastuhov ... parachute stunts
Art Scholl ... stunt pilot (as Arthur Scholl)
Joseph Leonard Svec ... parachute stunts
B.J. Worth ... parachute stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt double: riding: Sam Shepard (uncredited)
Joseph Leonard Svec ... parachuting stunt double: Sam Shepard (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
Elizabeth Bailey ... video assistant
Jim Beebe ... aerial photographer
Maurice Beesley ... electrician
Gary M. Brickley ... grip
Hugh Byrne ... best boy grip (as Hugh C. Byrne Jr.)
Steve Cardellini ... grip (as Steven L. Cardellini)
Dave Childers ... electrician (as David O. Childers)
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
Ray De La Motte ... additional camera operator
Craig Denault ... camera operator
Alan R. Disler ... first assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Stephen J. Gardner ... best boy
Jeff Gershman ... assistant camera: desert (as Jeffrey Gershman)
Gary Gill ... grip (as Girard A. Gill Jr.)
Jeff Gilliam ... gaffer (as Jeffrey Gilliam)
Ron Grover ... still photographer
Jon Guterres ... key grip (as Jonathan Guterres)
Gary Holt ... supervising gaffer
Brad Jerrell ... electrician (as Brad L. Jerrell)
Louis Mahler ... video technician (as Louis E. Mahler)
Harry Mathias ... Steadicam operator
Stan McClain ... assistant camera: aerial unit
Nick McLean ... additional camera operator
Paul Murphey ... video operator (as Paul Jay Murphy)
Hiro Narita ... additional camera operator
Dennis Pope ... best boy grip
Medel Ramos ... electrician
Art Scholl ... aerial photographer
Tom Sindicich ... grip (as Thomas Sindicich)
Chris Squires ... second assistant camera (as Christopher Squires)
Bill Bennett ... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Ludwig ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Maley ... electrician (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: additional first assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

Edit
Ann Brebner ... additional casting: San Francisco
Patricia de Oliveira ... casting assistant
Gail Eisenstadt ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edit
William Browder ... costumer
Winnie D. Brown ... costumer: women (as Winnie Brown)
Jill Maley ... costumer
Monique Montgomery ... promotion wardrobe coordinator
John Napolitano ... costumer
James W. Tyson ... costume supervisor (as Jim Tyson)

Location Management

Edit
Steph Benseman ... additional locations (as Stephen S. Benseman)
Rory Enke ... additional locations
Michael Polaire ... location manager
Patrick Ranahan ... additional locations
Ken Freeze ... location consultant (uncredited)

Music Department

Edit
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Todd Boekelheide ... Additional Music by
Susan R. Crutcher ... source music editor (as Susan Crutcher)
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam ... source music editor
Stephen A. Hope ... music editor
Garth Hudson ... composer: additional music
Forrest Patten ... music researcher (as Forrest O. Patten)
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Angela Morley ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Celia Weiner ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Edit
Ed Arter ... transportation co-captain
Russell McEntyre ... transportation coordinator
Bruce Richardson ... transportation captain
Dan Riportella ... transportation captain (as Danny Riportella)
Ed Wirth ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

Edit
Don Aites ... military liaison officer: USCG (as Capt. Don Aites)
Joey Bacow ... production assistant
Ted Bear ... historical research
Dale Benson ... promotion consultant
Karen Bergman ... stock footage researcher
Lynne Birdt ... assistant production accountant
Gloria S. Borders ... stock footage researcher (as Gloria Borders)
Kevin Breslin ... production assistant
Dell Byrne ... stock footage researcher
Christine Claycombe-Brooks ... crowd promotion coordinator
Martha Cohen ... production assistant
Janet Crosby ... assistant: Mr. Winkler
Dan Curry ... title designer
Patricia de Oliveira ... assistant: Mr. Kaufman
Robert Evans Lowy ... production assistant
Jonathan Fairbanks ... production assistant
Karen Frerichs ... assistant: Mr. Kaufman
Tom Gray ... unit publicist
Royce Grones ... military liaison officer: USAF (as Maj. Royce Grones)
Richard P. Hallion ... historical research (as Dr. Richard P. Hallion)
Larry Heflin ... stock footage researcher
Diane Jackson ... production secretary
Peter Kaufman ... assistant: Mr. Kaufman
Howard Kosters ... military liaison officer: USAF (as Lt. Col. Howard Kosters)
Nancy LaLuntas ... military liaison officer: USMC (as Capt. Nancy LaLuntas)
Pixie Larson ... military liaison officer: USN (as Lt. Pixie Larson)
JoAnn May-Pavey ... production coordinator (as Jo Ann May-Pavey)
Michael O'Donnell ... craft service
Nancy Olexo ... historical research (as Nancy Oleko)
Barbara Parker ... assistant: Mr. Kaufman
Susan Roether ... production secretary
Art Schaefer ... production accountant
Lori Sussman ... assistant: Mr. Chartoff
Heinrich Thueringer ... military liaison officer: German Air Force (as Lt. Col. Heinrich Thueringer)
Alice Tompkins ... script supervisor
Dave Wagner ... military liaison officer: USA (as Lt. Col. Dave Wagner)
Diana Wells ... production secretary
Duncan Wilmore ... technical advisor
Chuck Yeager ... technical consultant (as Gen. General Charles E. 'Chuck' Yeager)
Peter Greenwood ... australian footage consultant (uncredited)
Wayne Klein ... security officer (uncredited)
Bill McCamey ... stage set constructor (uncredited)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher (uncredited)

Thanks

Edit
Arthur Baliantz ... special thanks
Walter Murch ... Special thanks to
Wallis Nicita ... special thanks (as Wally Nicita)
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines By flying higher and faster than any other man had ever dared before, Chuck Yeager set the pace for a new breed of hero. Those that had just one thing in common...THE RIGHT STUFF. See more »
Genres
Parents Guide View content advisory »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • Right Stuff (Japan, English title)
  • L'étoffe des héros (France)
  • Der Stoff aus dem die Helden sind (Germany)
  • Elegidos para la gloria (Spain)
  • Bosluktaki Kahramanlar (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • See more »
Runtime
  • 193 min
Country
Language
Color
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,601,167, 23 Oct 1983

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia The mysterious "fireflies" observed by 'John Glenn' on his first orbital flight were actually tiny flakes of frost illuminated by sunlight. As the spacecraft orbited into darkness behind the Earth, the sub-zero temperatures caused condensation on its skin to freeze. When warmed by the sun on the other side of the orbit, the temperature change caused some of this frost layer to break free and to be illuminated by the sun. This was confirmed by Astronaut Scott Carpenter on the next Mercury flight when he banged on the craft's side, causing more of the flakes to break free and become visible. See more »
Goofs When Yeager makes the first supersonic flight, we see the plane's Machmeter going offscale because it only reads up to Mach 1. Although this seems completely silly because the plane was always intended to fly supersonically, it is in fact what happened. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Waiting for 'Superman' (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Southwestern Waltz 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 »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed