The Right Stuff
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Dir. Philip Kaufman. 1983, 193 mins. 35mm. With Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Sam Shepard. Kaufman’s mammoth adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s bestseller about the selection and lift-off of NASA’s first astronauts, known as the Mercury Seven, is a singular Hollywood epic. Part satire of American gung-ho machismo, part reverent dramatization of the mission that would change the world, The Right Stuff is a dazzlingly mounted production that effortlessly mixes comedy and drama. Shepard is a particular standout in a poignant subplot as sound-barrier breaker Chuck Yeager.
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