The Right Stuff

7.83 h 12 min1983X-RayPG
Oscar-winning story of America's first astronauts - the seven men of the Mercury program who literally learned on the job as they piloted NASA's first manned space flights. With Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward.
Philip Kaufman
Sam ShepardScott GlennEd Harris
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Dennis QuaidFred WardBarbara HersheyLance HenriksenVeronica CartwrightKim Stanley
Irwin WinklerRobert Chartoff
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WhimseydocReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is truly one of the greatest films ever made
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I am a history buff, not a theater critic or a "techie" that can speak to production or reproduction qualities. I am also a grandmother who lived through the story depicted in this film. It's heroes were my heroes. Their era of greatness was the America I grew up in. I admit the film is long and it is probably hard for today's kids to sit through, especially in the beginning. However, it really pays off in the end. This is truly one of the greatest films ever made.
I wanted to write this review not only to pay tribute to the history, but to praise the actors and actresses who made this story live and breathe. Each one does a remarkable job that deserves accolades. This movie should have one for best picture. I guess it is only fair that no one actor be singled out over the others, because each one is so superb. While it is easy to focus on the actors who played the Mercury astronauts, the women who played their wives were luminous. Barbara Hershey as Glennis Yeager; Pamela Reed as Trudy Cooper; Veronica Cartwright as Betty Grissom and Mary Jo Deschanel as Annie Glen all give Oscar-worthy performances. This is a film that ranks in my top ten all time greatest all around movies ever.
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StrategosReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you're a fan of this film, you are in for a treat
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I used to own the DVD for this film, and it had all the earmarks of an old DVD. The video was grainy and looked low res. The audio was decent but far from dynamic. Watching on my projector, I pined for the day I would be able to watch this film as it was meant to be seen. Then the Blu Ray was announced and I got excited.

I get a strong feeling from this release that instead of "dialing it in" some tender loving care was taken with this film. This does not feel like one of the lousy Warner Bros Releases where everything is just "okay". No, this feels like the Steven Spielberg collection where the film is fine-grain and the sound shakes the room.

The presentation even on the packaging is impressive with gorgeous artwork/photographs and even a letter from the film maker. Honestly this release is almost buying for the packaging alone.

The film itself is a woefully under-rated classic that should have swept the Academy Awards. It's filled with incredible optical effects and practical effects and great widescreen photography. The performances are incredible and Sam Shepard's performance is the stuff of legend. His final scene in the film is that of an iconic hero. The writing, music, and production quality are all stellar. And this film is filled with iconic moments, like the sun moving across John Glenn's face as he orbits the Earth (which I'm now remembering was imitated in the classic anime Wings of Honneamise).

Whether or not you want to own this film will depend on your appreciation for docu-dramas and how much you love the history of space exploration. Personally I enjoy this massive epic more every time I see it. Finally this wonderful film can be enjoyed the way it was meant to be.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A few things you might not know ...
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First off - When John Glenn re-enters the atmosphere - the automated system they had which was supposed to orient the space craft for re-entry - failed. So - Glenn had to look outside the Window the astronauts had insisted be installed - and using the controls that were installed - Glenn manually oriented the space craft for re-entry. You can hear them talking about this in the movie. Glenn was successful - and he completed his mission.

Next - What happens to Yeager in the F-104N at the end of the movie is as follows:

They had an F-104 they had attached a rocket to.

The idea was - that they would take this thing as high as it would go on it's normal atmospheric engine - and then - set off the rocket to get it to go higher. Now - what was supposed to happen was that when they got out of most of the earth's atmosphere - they had these little Nitrogen Gas jets installed in the jet that they could orient it with - like a space craft. The problem was - the rocket didn't get the aircraft high enough, the atmospheric pressure was to high and the Nitrogen just dribbled out of the jets and did nothing. Thus - instead of pointing the nose down so that the aircraft would be in a proper orientation when the atmosphere got thick enough for it's normal controls to work - it just fell out of the sky like a stick.

Yeager tried to get it in a recoverable attitude - but he couldn't and as he became afraid the aircraft was going to break up in the air - which it did - he ejected.

When he ejected, an explosive charge under his ejection seat, launched it out of the aircraft, then he separated from the seat. When he did that - the seat was above him and pieces of burning explosive from the seat fell on him, breaking his face plate and entering his helmet.

Yeager then had two problems. First off - the explosive was burning his face - but - more importantly - the gas from the burning explosive would kill him - so he couldn't breath it. So what he did - was take one hand and position it so that, as you would if you stuck your hand out a car window - it would divert air into his helmet to blow out the gas from the burning explosive and allow him to breath. Once he had done that he used the fingers of his other hand to pick the pieces of burning explosive out of his helmet and toss them aside. This is what he's doing in the movie when you see him struggling with his helmet as he falls.

If you want a better explanation of all this - Read Wolfe's book.

Here - though - what "The Right Stuff" was - was the ability to think clearly in a crisis and take whatever measures there were to deal with it effectively. That - is what "The Right Stuff" was.

Glenn and Yeager demonstrated having "The Right Stuff" by dealing with the unexpected - and surviving.
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The MaverickReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Wrong Stuff - inaccurate description - *NO* special features on single disc blu-ray edition!
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The one-star rating is for the new, "not as advertised" blu-ray. The Right Stuff is a great movie (four to five stars for that) which is currently advertised here as a single disc blu-ray set containing the following features:

"Additional Scenes Biographical Profile John Glenn: American Hero The Journey and the Mission: Scene-Specific Commentaries with Director/Screenwriter Philip Kaufman, Cast and Crew Members 3 Featurettes Featuring Cast, Crew and/or the Real-LifeHeroes Portrayed in the Movie: Realizing the Right Stuff, T-20 Years and Counting and The Real Men with the Right Stuff Theatrical Trailer"

One BIG problem - this new blu-ray release ONLY contains the movie and not one of the above advertised special features. So count me as also feeling duped, along with the other recent reviewers who have posted the same complaint about this significant error.
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ReverendlinuxReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Epic...No Matter What The History Fan-Boys Say
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I've loved this movie since the first time I rented it on VHS back in the '80s. I've owned copies of it since then and was ecstatic when I learned that a blu-ray version was finally coming out. I was not disappointed.

I'm not Gene Shalit so I'm not going go into detail about the background and story. I'll summarize that up by saying that this movie stands up tremendously well after 30 years. The acting, the story, the pacing, the music, the cinematography and the pre-CGI special effects are all still top shelf. If you watch the special features, you'll realize just how amazing that last point is. Because of the way the special effects were filmed and edited together, there's just no way of telling when you're looking at the real thing or something the special effects crews came up with.

As for the product itself, this isn't just another DVD reworked into blu-ray format. They used a high quality, super clean source that was free of dust or dirt marks, had no film to digital jitters and no traces color fading. To me, it was like seeing the film for the first time. On the audio side, the score was lush and sounded full through my surround system while sound effects popped out of the air like they were right in the room. The book is a nice bonus, with lots of great pictures of both the actors and their real life counterparts. Really, my only strike would be the lack of full length commentary for the film (some commentary is included on the extra disc). But that's subjective.

Speaking of subjective, I'd like to take a moment to recognize those who have rated this film as one star. The majority of those doing so did it because it wasn't historically accurate. To them I say you're really off the mark. First, if this movie were shot to match history word for word and event for event, it would have cost about the same as the Gross Domestic Product of Ireland, been about 12 hours long, and as entertaining to watch as a Chevy rusting. Second, if you're such a fan boy of the truth, then use this movie as your gateway to spreading it. I watched this movie for the first time when I was 16. It caused me to want to learn more about the these seven brave men and the ones that followed. This in turn lead me to reading a whole lot of books over the years. And when my daughters joined me on the couch to watch this blu-ray with me, I was prepared to answer their questions, fill in back story, and point out the messages and symbolism the filmmakers were conveying. So save your one star reviews for the atrocity that is Pearl Harbor. Instead, take the time to introduce someone to this epically filmed, entertaining springboard into history that will keep the CGI jaded youth of today engaged and might even light a spark in them.
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D. RobertsReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
That's not a bad thing, but I don't always have 3hrs to ...
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Unfortunately, I only recently finally got around to watching this movie. This is a bit surprising, given that I am a huge fan of NASA. I realize it has been on TV myriad times but I wanted to watch it all the way through as opposed to bits & pieces. It is also a rather lengthy film. That's not a bad thing, but I don't always have 3hrs to dedicate to watching a move on TV.

This is a landmark movie about PROJECT MERCURY, which was the United States' efforts to put men into space and ultimately into orbit. It details the trials & tribulations of the MERCURY 7, which were the 7 astronauts who made the "cut" to be involved in this audacious endeavor. The film also offers reverence for the legendary Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager as well. Ed Harris is spot-on as the honorable John Glenn, while a young Dennis Quaid gives a terrific portrayal of the cocky Gordon Cooper. The rest of the cast is terrific as well, but for me these 2 performances stood out.

For another, much more recent film about PROJECT MERCURY, be sure to check out [[ASIN:B01LTI1RHG Hidden Figures]]. Both movies are absolutely can't miss!!
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EmReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
They screwed the pooch
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I grew up with the space program. I remember being awed, even as a kid, with the courage and patriotism of the astronauts. I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon sitting right up in front of the black and white tv. I remember going breathless the first time I saw the photograph "Earth Rise". I listened to the Apollo 8 astronauts read from Genesis on Christmas Eve and say "Goodnight to all the people on the good Earth." I still feel the chills I felt then.

I didn't get any such reaction to this movie, which is unbelievable. Anything about the space program is enthralling to me. All I felt was disgust.That's how bad this movie is.

The denigrating of hero (RIP) Gus Grissom was cheap and unnecessary. Where the heck was Wally Schirra? Too lazy to write him any lines? I thought Ed Harris as John Glenn was very good as was MJ Deschanel as Annie Glenn. Sam Shephard was the image of Chuck Yeager, although they blundered the story of his last flight. Dennis Quaid could not have been more repulsive. MY cheeks hurt from all the ridiculous grinning. Why was the focus on Cooper anyway? What was with all the time spent on that night in Houston where nothing happened but a fan dance!???? Why was LBJ portrayed as a buffoon?
Why did this movie have to make some of our greatest heroes and explorers into cartoons??? I really can't begin to list the atrocious parts of this travesty. The only good part was the Aborigines near Perth. That was great imagery ruined by repetition. I guess the director really wanted to break the 3-hour barrier.

They had a great cast and a great story and screwed the pooch.

Don't give 3 hours of your life to this fiasco of a movie.
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Bobby W.Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Epic, feel-good movie of American courage
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I love epic, long films that you can lose yourself in, and this is a classic with a fantastic ensemble cast that I've seen many times over the years, but this is the first time I've seen it without commercials and at the correct aspect ratio. Presented on Blu-ray, this is the best presentation of this film I've seen.

Sure, it may seem self-congratulatory and may not be 100% historically accurate, but "The Right Stuff" still conveys the genuine courage and spirit it took to get the American space program underway.

I'm always amazed when they bring one of the early capsules (spacecraft) into the hangar for the astronauts to inspect - the thing is barely larger than the pilot. I actually saw one of these up close at an aeronautics museum in Ohio - very tight quarters, and the seat padding looked to be only about 1/4" thick. And you're sitting on the tippy top of a massive rocket, several stories high. Yikes.

Again the film is a long ride, and some scenes and events are covered with much attention. At the end, you'll feel the awe and the pride, and you'll feel good. :)
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