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Right Stuff


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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
7.69 /10
 
Starring
Sam Shepard , Barbara Hershey, Scott Glenn
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Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Written by: Philip Kaufman (LONDON FILM CRITICS' AWARD - SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR) from the book by Tom Wolfe

 
 
 
Released: 1983
   
Genre: DRAMA
EPIC
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 193
 
 


 
America trains astronauts.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A box office flop, but a very interesting one: this is a sprawling, disjointed but often brilliant movie about the pioneer days of space travel. It opens with an old-fashioned western hero, test-pilot Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard), who's a loner; and it closes with new heroes - a highly trained band of team-players. The Right Stuff is primarily a meditation on the changing nature of heroism. The trouble is that an unfocused screenplay allows actor/playwright Sam Shepard's charismatic performance to turn the first part of the movie into a biography of Chuck Yeager. And Kaufman can't make up his mind about how real, or how cartoon-like, the rest of his characters are. Despite winning performances from many individuals, especially Quaid and Harris, the piece appears emotionally detached from its subject-matter.


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