Trailer Tracks: The Right Stuff (1983) – Philip Kaufman

right stuff 1983

Kaufman shot this adaption of Tom Wolfe’s book about the beginning of the Mercury space program, interweaving it with the exploits of Chuck Yeager, into an epic three hour adventure about flilght, exploration and humanity.

With a fantastic cast including Sam Shepard, Lance Henriksen, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer and Donald Moffat, the film perfectly captures those heady and dangerous days, when we took our first steps to throwing of the shackles of gravity and speed…

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