The Right Stuff (1983) Movie Summary
Winner of four Academy Awards for its technical achievements, and nominated for Best Picture, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's bestseller appeared on almost every "Top Ten" Best Picture list for 1983. Featuring an all-star cast including Golden Globe-nominee Dennis Quaid ("Yours, Mine and Hours," "In Good Company"), Academy Award and Emmy- nominee and Golden Globe-winner Ed Harris ("A History of Violence," "A Beautiful Mind"), Scott Glenn ("Training Day," "Vertical Limit"), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Barbara Hershey ("Falling Down," "Hoosiers") and acclaimed playwright-actor and Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Shepard ("Stealth," "The Notebook"), whose enigmatic portrayal of Chuck Yaeger garnered him an Academy Award-nomination. From Yaeger -- the first man to break the sound barrier -- to the seven Mercury astronauts, it's the story of the birth of the U.S. Space Program.
The Right Stuff Film Synopsis
A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper.
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Greatest Story of all time!This just may be the greatest movie of all time. It has always been in my top 2 ever and just may be number one. The movie is definitely the greatest story ever told and it is told in a classic way with great acting. Everyone should see this for not only entertainment, but for education. It will teach you something about America and Americans. The men portrayed in this movie are the greatest American Heros to date. Great quotes that will stay with you! If you don't like this movie you are an idiot... First time I saw this movie it made me want to be an astronaut. When it was over all I could say was FAB :) Buy it you will not regret it!.Score: 5/5
Long but good.I remember when it came out but never watched it, now I have. It's good but 3+ hrs long so be rested and ready. I enjoyed the story of how the space program progressed because as a kid the events were so hyped we never knew how it came to be. These guys were treated like god's. This shows they were very human even if they had egos as big as space. They probably needed that much ego to sit on top of one of those candles and get their hind end blasted into space not knowing for sure they'd get back. Heros yes, but they are the definition of dare devils..Score: 5/5
Timeless and HistoricTo think that this film did not do well at the box office almost seems ironic - as if the US and world audience wasn’t prepared for such a journey... and it easily could have been nothing more than a flop of a documentary. But the precision acting and scripting, along with stunning and creative visual effects makes even this longer-than-average movie seem to effortlessly ‘fly’ by. There’s something for everyone in this movie; history buffs and action adventure fans alike. I especially enjoyed the cameos of the amazing Chuck Yeager as the local air force dive bar bartender..Score: 5/5
The Right StuffIf at the end of this movie you don't walk out thinking "gee, I want to be just like Yeager", then there is something definitely wrong with you. The movie and the book contain that Righteous Stuff in such absurdist quantities that mere words cannot fully describe it. A must see for any and everyone..Score: 5/5
How about selling it?I never rent.Score: 5/5
In my top 5Love this movie. We dont make men like Yeager anymore..Score: 5/5
A genuinely important filmThis, along with the miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, is one of the most important films about the US space program. Much of it revolves around the Happy Bottom Riding Club and its proprietor, Pancho Barnes. There is a great deal of info available on Panch and her club on the Internet and, as it would provide some valuable and interesting background information, this writer strongly suggest that the viewer read up a bit and view some of the many photos before watching The Right Stuff. It really is not all that ancient. As of this writing, Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Sheaerd in this film) is still with us, as are a number of the original Mercury astronauts. As for the movie, it really is a great one, particularly as it shows the modern viewer where the space program came from and why it was such a significant part of the American culture of the baby boom era..Score: 5/5
Tom Wolfe Gets This Right!This is by far the best movie about the Mercury program. I read the book by Tom Wolfe and could not put it down! I felt as though I was there. I was born around this time and seen it first hand. from Chuck Yeagar and Riddlie breaking the sound barrier. Read Yeagars Biography you will be stuned by what they pulled off, with a slide ruler and some insight. They had the "Right Stuff" which nobody could put there finger on, They never spoke about it. but they had it! If you have to ask what it was, you didn't have it:) from that calm heartbeat, to the competion to be first. If you like this movie, read Lost Moon, then buy Apollo 13, you will see what real courage was, and how real men stepped forward to be the first! This was Americas greatest achivement and putting a man on the Moon, is what these men gave us. From the Engineers, to the Three Apollo 1 deaths..Score: 5/5
Poor Picture Quality in 1080p VersionThis is one of my favorite movies but unfortunately the picture quality in the 1080p version is very poor. It looks like the SD or 720p version has been up-scaled to 1080p. Watching it on a full HD screen, pixelation is evident. Knocking two starts of my rating due to this..Score: 3/5
Sell in HD!ITunes! This movie is great, please put it up for sale in HD!.Score: 5/5
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