Before Philip Kaufman brought Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff to cinemas in 1983, onscreen astronauts were little more than asteroid bait. In Kaufman's hands, however, spaceflight became a far more human pursuit - a story of resolve and dedication to an inspirational cause.
Telling the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard) and Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid) as they break the sound barrier and launch toward the exosphere, The Right Stuff is effectively a prequel to the Apollo 11 mission and an origin story for NASA, showing how a group of men risked their lives to be the highest above the Earth anybody had ever been, and laying the groundwork for Neil Armstrong and company to set foot on the moon.
It’s both an exceptional piece of cinema and a rousing tribute to what humanity can achieve through shared intelligence and courage
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