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The Right Stuff

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Original title
The Right Stuff
Year
Running time
193 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Philip Kaufman (Novel: Tom Wolfe)
Music
Bill Conti
Cinematography
Caleb Deschanel
Cast
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Producer
Warner Bros.
Genre
Adventure. Drama | Space Adventure. Based On A True Story. 1940s. 1950s. 1960s
Movie Groups
Tom Wolfe Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
Deep in the desert during the 1950s, army test pilots courageously fought to break the sound barrier. These maverick men would stop at nothing to achieve winning speed. Led by their champion, Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard), they caroused at the local watering hole while sharing tales of extreme sport and bravery--until the Russians successfully sent their Sputnik satellite into the skies, and the United States government panicked, quickly launching a space program of its own. In an effort to find the right men for the job, the government searched the desert and the seas, compiling a crew of daredevil space cowboys willing to do anything for the chance to represent America in the space race. After gruelling medical, physical, and psychological tests, seven men were left standing, led by American hero John Glenn (Ed Harris), test pilots Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid), Gus Grissom (Fred Ward), and Scott Carpenter (Charles Frank), and Navy man Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn). With the help of the media and the government, these men became overnight heroes, sacrificing their freedom and their families for the dream of space travel.
Awards
1983: 4 Academy Awards: Best Sound, Sound Effects, Editing, OST. 8 Nominations
1983: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
1983: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1983: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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