The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
  • 1983
  • US
  • 3h 13min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philip Kaufman
  • Written by: Philip Kaufman
  • Cast: Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Jane Dornacker, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum

Tom Wolfe's book about the early days of space flight treats the first test pilots-cum-astronauts as modern day cowboys crossing a new frontier. The myriad plot-lines are well dove-tailed and the flying scenes are memorably impressive, but for all the film's expansiveness its abrupt swings of mood let it down.

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