The Right Stuff (1983)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.
The film that launched the careers of many of the ClassicSciFi.Com acting icons. -- mfd
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
The cast includes: Sam Shepard (Capt/Col. Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot), Scott Glenn (Capt. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., Mercury Astronaut), Ed Harris (Maj. John Herschel Glenn Jr., Mercury Astronaut), Dennis Quaid (Capt. Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr., aka ''Gordo'', ''Ho), Fred Ward (Capt. Virgil Ivan ''Gus'' Grissom, Mercury Astrona), Barbara Hershey (Glennis Yeager), Veronica Cartwright (Betty Grissom), Lance Henriksen (Lt. Cmdr. Walter Martin Schirra Jr., Mercury Astro), Jeff Goldblum (NASA Recruiter)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 180 minutes
Presented in: Color
Related categories: Space...the Final Frontier