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Seven ordinary people who became heroes in this 80s movie. Astronauts experience the difficult space program.

Right Stuff, The DVD


Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard) is part of a team of test pilots who break the sound barrier in the movie The Right Stuff. They establish the Mercury Space Program but Yeager is left out of the loop because he did not complete college.

Even a snubbing from NASA did not hold Yeager back. He continued to test new jets until he gets to space in the movie The Right Stuff.


Chuck Yeager - Sam Shepard
Alan Shepard - Scott Glenn
John Glenn - Ed Harris
Gordon Cooper - Dennis Quaid
Gus Grissom - Fred Ward
Glennis Yeager - Barbara Hershey
Pancho Barnes - Kim Stanley
Betty Grissom - Veronica Cartwright
Trudy Cooper - Pamela Reed
Deke Slayton - Scott Paulin
Scott Carpenter - Charles Frank
Wally Schirra - Lance Henriksen
Lyndon B. Johnson - Donald Moffat
Jack Ridley/Narrator - Levon Helm
Annie Glenn - Mary Jo Deschanel


The real Chuck Yeager makes an appearance in the film The Right Stuff as a bartender.

Although he bravely plays Chuck Yeager in the movie The Right Stuff, Sam Shepard is actually afraid of flying.

Academy Awards:

Sam Shepard won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Chuck Yeager in Right Stuff, The.

Bill Conti won for Best Original Score for Right Stuff, The.

Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers won for Best Picture for Right Stuff, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Right Stuff, The was released to theatres on 10/21/1983 by Warner Bros., and grossed $21,500,000 at the box office in the US.

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