The Right Stuff
- Original title
The Right Stuff
- Running time
- 193 min.
- United States
Philip Kaufman (Novel: Tom Wolfe)
John P. Ryan,
Mary Jo Deschanel,
Adventure. Drama | Space Adventure. Based On A True Story. 1940s. 1950s. 1960s
- Movie Groups
Tom Wolfe Adaptations
- 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.
: 4 Academy Awards: Best Sound, Sound Effects, Editing, OST. 8 Nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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