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Plot, Details & Awards

The Right Stuff

G In Theaters 10/9/1997 , 193min.
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Plot & Details

Covering some 15 years, The Right Stuff recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts. Scott Glenn plays Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Fred Ward is Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; and Ed Harris is John Glenn, the straight-arrow "boy scout" of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth. The remaining four Mercury boys are Deke Slayton (Scott Paulin), Scott Carpenter (Charles Frank), Wally Schirra (Lance Henriksen) and Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid). Wolfe's original book related in straightforward fashion the dangers and frustrations facing the astronauts (including Glenn's oft-repeated complaint that it's hard to be confident when you know that the missile you're sitting on has been built by the lowest bidder), the various personal crises involving their families (Glenn's wife Annie, a stutterer, dreads being interviewed on television, while Grissom's wife Betty, angered that her husband is not regarded as a hero because his mission was a failure, bitterly declares "I want my parade!"), and the schism between the squeaky-clean public image of the Mercury pilots and their sometimes raunchy earthbound shenanigans.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Stephen A. Rotter Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David MacMillan Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Jay Boekelheide Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Geoffrey Kirkland Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Lisa Fruchtman Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Tom Rolf Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Sam Shepard Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Tom Scott Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Richard J. Lawrence Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mark Berger Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Randy Thom Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Robert Chartoff Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction George R. Nelson Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Douglas Stewart Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Glenn Farr Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Irwin Winkler Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction W. Stewart Campbell Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Bill Conti Won
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Peter Romero Nominated
1983 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Pat Pending Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 Directors Guild of America Best Director Philip Kaufman Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1983 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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