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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.

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Released: Oct 21st, 1983
Budget: N/A
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The Right Stuff Main Cast

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Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
plays Chuck Yeager
Scott Glenn
Scott Glenn
plays Alan Shepard
Ed Harris
Ed Harris
plays John Glenn
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
plays Gordon Cooper
Fred Ward
Fred Ward
plays Gus Grissom
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier and the plane is being towed back to the hangar, in the first shot he is seen riding on the jeep and in the closeup he isn't there, but reappears in the subsequent long shot.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): In the end scene where Col. Yeager is ejecting from the NF-104, the Koch fasteners on his parachute harness are not attached to the risers on the ejection seat. This would be fatal when he separated from the seat post-ejection as he would not be attached to the parachute.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The close-up of John Glenn's rocket eight seconds before launch is reversed.
  • During the newsreel segment when President John F. Kennedy gives Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn) a medal for his flight, in the background we can see Charles Frank as Scott Carpenter. When the angle reverses to actual archival footage of President Kennedy dropping the medal, he bends to pick it up, and the real Scott Carpenter and Gus Grissom are in the background.
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