One of the most acclaimed movies of the ’80s — critic Roger Ebert called it the best movie of the decade — was also one of its biggest box-office bombs. Writer-director Philip Kaufman’s audacious take on Thomas Wolfe’s 1979 bestseller is a three-hour thrill ride that vibrantly and sometimes indulgently traces the evolution of the U.S. space program from speed-freak military test pilots to the first American astronauts. It’s a big movie, with big ideas, big ambitions and a big cast. Standout performances come from a reserved Sam Shepard as Chuck Yeager (who served as technical advisor, and makes a cameo) and a gleaming Ed Harris as NASA poster boy John Glenn. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, winning four Oscars, mostly in technical categories. But time has done right by The Right Stuff, which in 2013 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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