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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
  • PG
  • 3h 13m
  • 1983
Certified Fresh96%
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In 1947, when the future began somewhere in the middle of the California desert, a pilot flies faster than the speed of sound... Flying higher, faster and harder than anyone before ... always pushing the boundaries, always living on the edge ... the American Air Force test pilots are the bravest, the best, and the most daring--the men with The Right Stuff. Suddenly, these men become the first to ride a rocket as the United States races to put the first man on the moon in this true story of the Mercury astronauts.
© 1982 The Ladd Company. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: The Right Stuff packs a lot of movie into its hefty running time, spinning a colorful, fact-based story out of consistently engaging characters in the midst of epochal events.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Exciting '80s astronaut movie has cursing, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Right Stuff is a 1983 movie based on the nonfiction book by Tom Wolfe about America's first astronauts and the beginning of NASA and the "Space Race." The first astronauts and the test pilots who proved that it was possible to break the sound barrier and go into space are shown to be heroic, brave, and fearless; however, with the exception of John Glenn, these men are also shown to be "rough around the edges" -- men who slept with younger female fans, cursed, drank, and made off-color jokes. Expect to hear "f--k" as well as "pr--k," "s--t," and "p---sy." Some jokes involving sex and masturbation. A woman performs a naked fan dance in a rodeo arena at a massive party; very brief nudity. One of the astronauts is fond of imitating a popular comedy bit from that time in which a white comedian portrayed a Latino "astronaut." The bit involves broken English and a thick stereotypical accent; Latinos are shown to be angered by this astronaut's imitation. There are no women scientists shown working in the space program, and certainly no female astronauts. Nonetheless, what shines through is the bravery of the first astronauts as they face the anything-can-happen nature of those early-manned space missions and their new statuses as "American heroes" when back home.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:October 21, 1983
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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