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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
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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 (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the press conference, astronaut Scott Carpenter, whose first name is Malcolm, has his nameplate misspelled as 'Malcom'.
  • "Beeman's" is the lucky gum of pilots. See also The Rocketeer.
  • While filming the lung-capacity sequence - in which the seven original Mercury astronauts need to blow into individual tubes to keep toy balls suspended in a beaker and end up in a competition of physical stamina - the seven actors portraying the astronauts actually competed with each other for the same reason. Dennis Quaid won. In reality, Gordon Cooper - the astronaut portrayed by Quaid - was the only non-smoker among the seven original astronauts, and therefore possessed a far-greater lung capacity than any of the others.
  • First cinema film of Kathy Baker.
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