The Right Stuff



193 Min

The Right Stuff


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.


Oct 21st, 1983


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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…More

- Ken Wahl, who previously starred in director Philip Kaufman's The Wanderers, was initially cast as Gordon Cooper. Dennis Quaid replaced Wahl, giving up an undisclosed role in The Outsiders,…More

- While they didn't play their namesakes, two of the actors playing astronauts share the same last name with two actual astronauts. They are Scott and John Glenn and Sam and Alan Shepherd.

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