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The Right Stuff

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Philip Kaufman

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About the Movie

Winner of four Academy Awards for its technical achievements, and nominated for Best Picture, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's bestseller appeared on almost every "Top Ten" Best Picture list for 1983. Featuring an all-star cast including Golden Globe-nominee Dennis Quaid ("Yours, Mine and Hours," "In Good Company"), Academy Award and Emmy- nominee and Golden Globe-winner Ed Harris ("A History of Violence," "A Beautiful Mind"), Scott Glenn ("Training Day," "Vertical Limit"), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Barbara Hershey ("Falling Down," "Hoosiers") and acclaimed playwright-actor and Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Shepard ("Stealth," "The Notebook"), whose enigmatic portrayal of Chuck Yaeger garnered him an Academy Award-nomination. From Yaeger -- the first man to break the sound barrier -- to the seven Mercury astronauts, it's the story of the birth of the U.S. Space Program.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: These men remain virtually flawless heroes, almost too good, decent and brave to be true, and it's a measure of how successful the movie is that one is inclined to believe it. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Oct 5, 2011

Fresh: Moviegoers seeking a grand yet edifying entertainment, right-stuffed with what Kaufman calls "seriousness of subject matter and a wild humor that comes out of left field," now know where to look... – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Oct 5, 2011

Fresh: The Right Stuff is a humdinger. Full of beauty, intelligence and excitement, this big-scale look at the development of the US space program and its pioneering aviators provides a fresh, entertaining look back at the recent past. – Variety Staff, Variety, Oct 5, 2011

Fresh: Kaufman has combined the resources and ingenuity of movie making with the freewheeling, damn-the-conventions style of of the New Journalism and come up with a generous, high-spirited look at the bravery and lunacy that was that era. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Dec 9, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Buy! BUY! Bee- Yew- Why.......BUY!!!! We should, all, BUY this film, NOT a mere rent! What ARE we, PEASANTS???!!! Please, itunes, BUY this film! "Rent", pffff.........!

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I never rent

This IS a great film!!!

itunes, please set this film for purchase!!!! Anyone who has not seen this movie, it is a great epic about one of the most pivital points in the history of mankind. It conveys the culture of the time and the infancy of the technology but most important it tells the story of the men( and to a limited degree, their wives) that took on the challenge of our first small steps into space. It runs a little long, but if you can forgive a few slow moments for the sake of good story telling, you will really enjoy this film.

The Right Stuff
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1983

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