The Right Stuff

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This adaptation of the non-fiction novel by Tom Wolfe chronicles the first 15 years of America's space program. By focusing on the lives of the Mercury astronauts, including John Glenn (Ed Harris) and Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), the film recounts the dangers and frustrations experienced by those involved with NASA's earliest achievements. It also depicts their family lives and the personal crises they endured during an era of great political turmoil and technological innovation.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday September 9 1983
Duration: 193 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter: Philip Kaufman
Cast: Sam Shepard
Scott Glenn
Ed Harris
Dennis Quaid
Fred Ward
Barbara Hershey
Kim Stanley
Veronica Cartwright
Pamela Reed
Scott Paulin
Mary Jo Deschanel
Levon Helm
Scott Wilson
Jeff Goldblum
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