• The Right Stuff (1997)

The Right Stuff

Release Date: October 9th, 1997

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

PG |3 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

Cast: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright

Director: Philip Kaufman

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: The Ladd Company

Keywords: Rise, 1940s, Emotional, Inspiring, 1950s, Wife, 1960s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Kaufman's love for the Yeager character pays off in the magical closing sequence of the film, when the "best pilot in the world" eyeballs anew Air Force jet and says, "I have a feeling this little old plane right here might be able to beat that Russian record." show more

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    THE THREE hours and 10 minutes of The Right Stuff fly by faster than a plane snapping the sound barrier - there's never a moment that's not entertaining, and there are very few that are not wonderfully photographed and choreographed - but for the non-American, the excitement is confined to the filmmaking. [22 Oct 1983]

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Rarely has a film made a historic accomplishment seem so vivid and personal. show more

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