The Right Stuff


(out of 5)

With the Soviets leading the race into the outer reaches of the universe, the American government puts pressure on its space program to get a crew ready for action, and this epic film covers those awkward first steps into the age of space. It starts from when the group of astronauts were first recruited (they were mostly airplane pilots) to their training towards the public revelation of the Mercury project and through to the star-bound journey itself. The film combines historical fact with poetically-licensed fiction, features deep performances and grand visual flair, and is an all-encompassing experience whose relatively low box-office appeal belies its thundering power. Fans of Apollo 13 should definitely see it, as the latter film merely rests in this one’s shade.

USA, 1983

Directed by 

Screenplay by Philip Kaufman, based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , , , ,

Academy Awards
Best Film Editing (Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart, Tom Rolf)
Best Music (Original Score) (Bill Conti)
Best Sound (Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Randy Thom, David MacMillan)
Best Sound Effects Editing (Jay Boekelheide)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Shepard as “Chuck Yeager”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Geoffrey Kirkland, Richard J. Lawrence, W. Stewart Campbell, Peter Romero; Set Decoration: Pat Pending, George R. Nelson)
Best Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel)
Best Picture (Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, producers)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Motion Picture-Drama


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