The Right Stuff (1983)

7.0 / Rated by 2 people

Science Fiction
192 min.
Plot  The film begins in 1947 at Muroc Army Air Field, an arid California military base where test pilots often die flying high-speed aircraft such as the rocket-powered Bell X-1. After another pilot, Slick Goodlin, demands $150,000 to attempt to break the sound barrier, war hero Captain Chuck Yeager receives the chance to fly the X-1. While on a horseback ride with his wife Glennis, Yeager collides with a tree branch and breaks his ribs, which inhibits him from leaning over and locking the door to the X-1. Worried that his injury might become known, Yeager confides in friend and fellow pilot Jack Ridley. Ridley cuts off part of a broomstick and tells Yeager to use it as a lever to help seal the hatch to the X-1, and Yeager becomes the first man to fly at supersonic speed, defeating the "demon in the sky".

In 1953 Muroc, now Edwards Air Force Base, still attracts the best test pilots. Yeager (now a colonel) and friendly rival Scott Crossfield repeatedly break the other's speed reco...



Fred Ward
Gus Grissom
Dennis Quaid
Gordon Cooper
Ed Harris
John Glenn
Scott Glenn
Alan Shepard
Sam Shepard
Chuck Yeager
Barbara Hershey
Glennis Yeager
Lance Henriksen
Walter Schirra
Veronica Cartwright
Betty Grissom
Pamela Reed
Trudy Cooper
Scott Paulin
Donald K. Slayton
Donald Moffat
U.S. Senator and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson
Levon Helm
Jack Ridley
Levon Helm
Scott Wilson
Scott Crossfield
Kathy Baker
Louise Shepard
Royal Dano
A Minister
David Clennon
A Liaison Man
John P. Ryan
The Head of the Manned Space Program
David Gulpilil
Aboriginal Man


All Titles

The Right Stuff
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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