The Right Stuff

The Ladd Company Released 1983




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Philip Kaufman

The Right Stuff is a film about the creation and evolution of the NASA space program. The film focuses on the Mercury missions and the Mercury program astronauts particularily Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn. The film also includes the four remaining astronauts of the program Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper. The film, based on the novel of the same name focuses more on the personal lives and struggles of the astronauts than the actual time they spend in space. The film shows the conflicts that arise within the program between the Mercury team as well as the problems that arise within their households. It shows the magnitude of being a national hero and the heartbreak of being denied the status. It also manages to show the earthly shenanigans many of the team members were involved in that were shielded from the public eye. The film is based on actual events, but manages to gracefully portray the people and events.



Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Rarely has a film made a historic accomplishment seem so vivid and personal.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kaufman's love for the Yeager character pays off in the magical closing sequence of the film, when the "best pilot in the world" eyeballs anew Air Force jet and says, "I have a fee...

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    THE THREE hours and 10 minutes of The Right Stuff fly by faster than a plane snapping the sound barrier - there's never a moment that's not entertaining, and there are very few tha...

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    • Production Budget - $27,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $21,192,102 (33rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $54,897,636

    • Filming locations include:
      Mountain View, California
      Financial District, San Francisco, California
      Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
      Edwards Air Force Base, California
      Half Moon Bay, California
      Hamilton Air Force Base, Novato, California
      Mojave Desert, California
      San Francisco, California
      USS Coral Sea

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Editing
      2. Sound
      3. Sound Editing
      4. Original Score

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Supporting Actor - Sam Shepard (won by Jack Nicholson for Terms of Endearment)
      3. Cinematography
      4. Art Direction

    • Taglines:
      1. How the future began.
      2. America was looking for a hero who had what it takes to become a legend. America found seven of them.
      3. By flying higher and faster than any other man had ever dared before, Chuck Yeager set the pace for a new breed of hero. Those that had just one thing in common...THE RIGHT STUFF.

    • Music:
      Southwestern Waltz
      Written by Vaughn Horton
      Performed by Bob Wills
      Faraway Places
      Written by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney
      Performed by Margaret Whiting
      I Got A Rocket In My Pocket
      Written by Vic McAlpin and James Logsdon
      Performed by Jimmy Lloyd
      Wheels Of Fortune
      Written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss
      Performed by Kay Starr
      Tennessee Waltz
      Performed by Patti Page
      Arranged by Mark Selivan
      Performed by the Andreyev Balalaika Ensemble
      The Wayward Wind
      by Herb Newman and Stanley Lebowsky
      Performed by Gogi Grant
      Good Golly Miss Molly
      Written by John Marascalco and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
      Performed by Little Richard
      Hallelujah Chorus
      Music by George Frideric Handel
      Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Karl Richter
      La Bamba
      Written by Ritchie Valens
      Performed by Chubby Checker
      I Only Have Eyes For You
      Music by Harry Warren
      Lyrics by Al Dubin
      Performed by The Flamingos
      Taiko Drums
      Performed by Seiichi Tanaka
      Anchors Aweigh
      Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
      Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles, R. Lovell, and George D. Lottman
      Performed by Banda Taurina
      The U.S. Air Force
      Words and Music by Robert Crawford
      White Dawn
      Composed by Henry Mancini
      Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
      Conducted by Henry Mancini
      Mars, Jupiter, & Neptune
      Composed by Gustav Holst
      Performed by The Boston Symphony Orchestra
      Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
      Wake Up Little Susie
      Composed by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant
      Performed by The Everly Brothers
      Claire de Lune
      Written by Claude Debussy
      Eternal Father, Strong to Save
      Words by William Whiting
      Music by John B. Dykes
      Battle Hymn of the Republic
      Arranged by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
      The Eyes of Texas
      Arranged by Bill Conti
      Yellow Rose of Texas
      Arranged by Bill Conti
      Deep in the Heart of Texas
      Written by Don Swander and June Hershey
      Arranged by Bill Conti
      Arranged by Bill Conti
      Background Tensions
      Music by Paul Hamilton
      Full Dress Parade
      Music by Jean Dalia
      The Army's Mascot
      Music by Ivor Slaney
      Tango de Valentino
      Music by Sam Fonteyn


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