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How the future began.

The Right Stuff

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper.

Credits

The Right Stuff Cast

Name Character
Jeff Goldblum He was 30, now 69 years old as NASA Recruiter
Ed Harris He was 32, now 71 years old as John Glenn
Veronica Cartwright She was 34, now 73 years old as Betty Grissom
Sam Shepard He was 39, 73 years old when he died as Chuck Yeager
Lance Henriksen He was 43, now 82 years old as Wally Schirra
Dennis Quaid He was 29, now 68 years old as Gordon Cooper
Scott Glenn He was 42, now 81 years old as Alan Shepard
Harry Shearer He was 39, now 78 years old as NASA Recruiter
William Russ He was 33, now 71 years old as Slick Goodlin
John P. Ryan He was 47, 70 years old when he died as Head of Program
Scott Wilson He was 41, 76 years old when he died as Scott Crossfield
David Clennon He was 40, now 79 years old as Liaison Man
Fred Ward He was 40, now 79 years old as Gus Grissom
Barbara Hershey She was 35, now 74 years old as Glennis Yeager
Scott Paulin He was 33, now 72 years old as Deke Slayton
Mary Jo Deschanel She was 37, now 76 years old as Annie Glenn
Donald Moffat He was 52, 87 years old when he died as Lyndon B. Johnson
Pamela Reed She was 34, now 73 years old as Trudy Cooper
David Gulpilil He was 30, now 68 years old as Aborigine
Royal Dano He was 60, 71 years old when he died as Minister
Levon Helm He was 43, 71 years old when he died as Jack Ridley / Narrator
John Dehner He was 67, 76 years old when he died as Henry Luce
Kathy Baker She was 33, now 72 years old as Louise Shepard
O-Lan Jones She was 33, now 72 years old as Girl at Pancho's
Chuck Yeager He was 60, 97 years old when he died as Fred
Jim Haynie He was 43, now 82 years old as Air Force Major
Kim Stanley She was 58, 76 years old when she died as Pancho Barnes

The Right Stuff Crew

Name Department
Lisa Fruchtman as Editor. She was 35 (now 73) years old Editing
James D. Brubaker as Executive Producer. He was 46 (now 85) years old Production
Pat Jackson as Sound Effects Editor. He was 47 (75) years old when He died Sound
Richard Hymns as Sound Effects Editor. He was 36 (now 74) years old Sound
Tim Holland as Sound Effects Editor. Sound
George R. Nelson as Set Decoration. He was 56 (65) years old when He died Art
W. Stewart Campbell as Production Design. He was 14 (40) years old when He died Art
Karen Bradley as Makeup Artist. She was 13 (now 52) years old Costume & Make-Up
John Benson as Sound Effects Editor. He was 40 (67) years old when He died Sound
Glenn Farr as Editor. He was 16 (now 22) years old Editing
Ken Pepiot as Special Effects Supervisor. He was 40 (now 79) years old Visual Effects
Geoffrey Kirkland as Production Design. He was 44 (now 83) years old Art
Stephen A. Rotter as Editor. He was 16 (now 22) years old Editing
Douglas Stewart as Editor. He was 64 (75) years old when He died Editing
Ted Churchill as Steadicam Operator. He was 39 (51) years old when He died Camera
Philip Kaufman as Director. He was 46 (now 85) years old Directing
Philip Kaufman as Screenplay. He was 46 (now 85) years old Writing
Lynn Stalmaster as Casting. He was 56 (now 94) years old Production
Mark Berger as Sound Re-Recording Mixer. He was 40 (now 79) years old Sound
Bill Conti as Original Music Composer. He was 41 (now 80) years old Sound
Irwin Winkler as Producer. He was 52 (now 91) years old Production
Tom Wolfe as Novel. He was 52 (87) years old when He died Writing
Robert Chartoff as Producer. He was 50 (81) years old when He died Production
Randy Thom as Sound Re-Recording Mixer. He was 16 (now 22) years old Sound
Todd Boekelheide as Sound Re-Recording Mixer. He was 16 (now 22) years old Sound
Jim Poynter as Set Decoration. He was 40 (now 78) years old Art
Buddy Hart as Stunt Coordinator. He was 39 (now 78) years old Crew
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The Right Stuff (38 years)

How the future began.

  • Release day: Thursday, October 20, 1983
  • Runtime: 193 minutes
  • Budget: 27000000.00
  • Revenue: 21500000.00