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The Right Stuff [1983 film] (1983)

by Philip Kaufman (Director), William Goldman (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Kathy Baker (Actor), Bill Conti (Composer), Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographer), Scott Glenn (Actor), Jeff Goldblum (Actor)6 more, Ed Harris (Actor), Barbara Hershey (Actor), Dennis Quaid (Actor), Pamela Reed (Actor), Sam Shepard (Actor), Kim Stanley (Actor)

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I was very interested in watching a realistic astronaut movie. But this movie was so broadly acted that it should have been in black and white.
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Kaufman, PhilipDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldman, WilliamScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, KathyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conti, BillComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deschanel, CalebCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glenn, ScottActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldblum, JeffActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, EdActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hershey, BarbaraActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quaid, DennisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, PamelaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, SamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stanley, KimActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero."

Wolfe's roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with In Cold Blood. As Capote did, Wolfe tells his story from a limited omniscient perspective, dropping into the lives of his "characters" as each in turn becomes a major player in the space program. After an opening chapter on the terror of being a test pilot's wife, the story cuts back to the late 1940s, when Americans were first attempting to break the sound barrier. Test pilots, we discover, are people who live fast lives with dangerous machines, not all of them airborne. Chuck Yeager was certainly among the fastest, and his determination to push through Mach 1--a feat that some had predicted would cause the destruction of any aircraft--makes him the book's guiding spirit.

Yet soon the focus shifts to the seven initial astronauts. Wolfe traces Alan Shepard's suborbital flight and Gus Grissom's embarrassing panic on the high seas (making the controversial claim that Grissom flooded his Liberty capsule by blowing the escape hatch too soon). The author also produces an admiring portrait of John Glenn's apple-pie heroism and selfless dedication. By the time Wolfe concludes with a return to Yeager and his late-career exploits, the narrative's epic proportions and literary merits are secure. Certainly The Right Stuff is the best, the funniest, and the most vivid book ever written about America's manned space program. --Patrick O'Kelley

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The story of how seven cocky pilots became the astronauts of Project Mercury and pioneered America's launch into the space race.

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