The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff (1983)

Covering some 15 years, The Right Stuff recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts. Scott Glenn plays Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Fred Ward is Gus Grissom, the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Moviegoers seeking a grand yet edifying entertainment, right-stuffed with what Kaufman calls "seriousness of subject matter and a wild humor that comes out of left field," now know where to look...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

These men remain virtually flawless heroes, almost too good, decent and brave to be true, and it's a measure of how successful the movie is that one is inclined to believe it.

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Film4

History, melodrama, comedy and satire are skilfully combined in this consistently exciting adventure. Visually and dramatically it rarely sags, there's a vivid array of characters and though it's a film with issues, these never eclipse the human drama.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The Right Stuff is a humdinger. Full of beauty, intelligence and excitement, this big-scale look at the development of the US space program and its pioneering aviators provides a fresh, entertaining look back at the recent past.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

That the writer-director, Philip Kaufman, is able to get so much into a little more than three hours is impressive. That he also has organized this material into one of the best recent American movies is astonishing.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the scattered handful of truly great American movies in the first half of the 1980s.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

From the opening moments it is clear that we have the nearest modern equivalent to a Western: men of quiet virtue going skyward, leaving the tawdry world of log-rolling politicians behind.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A great movie that unfortunately failed to attract audiences back in '83, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about astronauts pays tribute to what we would like to believe represents the American spirit: hard work, perseverance, camaraderie and vision.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Educational, exciting action, great acting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
The heroes walking under our noses may have been walking on the moon as well. A great history lesson for those jaded in the age of technology. (Gotta admit… More
Sanjay Rema
This was a good movie, but had many flaws. There were way too many useless/prolonged scenes that extended the run time to a ridiculous 3hr 13min. That being… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A bit of an interesting history lesson and character study about the beginnings of the American space program. Shepard is iconic as Chuck Yeager, Harris does… More
Phil Hubbs
Based on the book by Wolfe and not liked by the author due to changes made for the film, despite this one cannot look away from this epic adventure following… More
Chris Weber
Based on Tom Wolfe's book, this is the story, spanning some 15-6 years about the beginnings of America's space program, focusing on the Mercury 7, but… More
Adam Kelly
A masterpiece of story telling and film making comes together in 'The Right Stuff'. Telling the story of the first American Mercury astronauts the… More

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