The Right Stuff

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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.

  1. Philip Kaufman

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Tom Wolfe


Top Billed Cast

  1. Fred Ward

    Fred Ward

    Gus Grissom

  2. Dennis Quaid

    Dennis Quaid

    Gordon Cooper

  3. Ed Harris

    Ed Harris

    John Glenn

  4. Scott Glenn

    Scott Glenn

    Alan Shepard

  5. Sam Shepard

    Sam Shepard

    Chuck Yeager

  6. Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Glennis Yeager

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Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 3h 13m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $21,500,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 21, 1983
    PG, Theatrical



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