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The Right Stuff (1983)

Director:
Philip Kaufman
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy/
Historical
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
193 minutes
Producer:
Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Screenwriter:
Philip Kaufman


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Chuck Yeager Sam Shepard
Alan Shepard Scott Glenn
John Glenn Ed Harris
Gordon Cooper Dennis Quaid
Gus Grisson Fred Ward
Glennis Yeager Barbara Hershey
Pancho Barnes Kim Stanley
Betty Grissom Veronica Cartwright
Trudy Cooper Pamela Reed
Deke Slayton Scott Paulin
Wally Shirka Lance Henriksen
Louise Shepard Kathy Baker
Recruiter Jeff Goldblum

 

Review

Philip Kaufman approaches this project like a visionary, bringing numerous angles, aspects and tones to his film. As a result, The Right Stuff is a massively rich movie, depicting the classic space race between USA and the Soviet Union in the middle of the 20th century. Kaufman backbones his subject on the history of aviation, centered around the records of legendary pilot Chuck Yeager - and the people following in his footsteps. For an introduction, this section is extremely extensive, and by the time NASA enters the picture with their space programme, the amount of Kaufman's quirky humour increases notably. The mixture of comedy and apparently serious human drama makes - at 3 hours - The Right Stuff an offbeat movie. It constantly attracts interest, but also becomes rather detached at times. One can't help but feel that the film could have profited from a more economic cutting, which would have reduced the amount of focus it gives to certain sub-plots. With that said, The Right Stuff becomes increasingly tighter and more magnetic towards the end, as Kaufman applies some delicate touches. The ensemble acting is largely fine, with Dennis Quaid's devilishly boyish smile the main attraction. 

Copyright 22.10.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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