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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 (factual errors): The real NF-104 had a large rocket engine at the base of the tail above the jet engine. The aircraft used in the movie seems to be a stock F-104.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): While talking with his wife, John Glenn asks her if she thinks he's "a Dudley Do-Right". At the time, Dudley Do-Right cartoons had not as of yet been shown on TV.
  • Trudy Cooper did not actually say that she wondered how they would've felt if every time their husband went in to make a deal, there was a one in four chance he wouldn't come out of that meeting." The screenplay writers chose Mrs. Cooper's character to voice statements made by Tom Wolfe, the author. The book describes a 23% chance of a normal pilot dying during the course of a 20-year career. The odds were higher at 53% for a test pilot, but this is still considerably less than was implied by the movie.
  • "Beeman's" is the lucky gum of pilots. See also The Rocketeer.
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