The Right Stuff

1983 PG 3h 13m DVD

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The Right Stuff

1983 PG 3h 13m DVD
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Director Philip Kaufman and a stellar cast -- including Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn and Ed Harris -- chronicle NASA's early transition from breaking the sound barrier in 1947 to the expeditions of the Mercury astronauts in the 1960s. Richly variegated and surprisingly funny, this film adaptation of a novel by Tom Wolfe brilliantly depicts the personal, political and technological achievements it took for America to get ahead in the space race.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Sam Shepard
  • Scott Glenn
  • Ed Harris
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Fred Ward
  • Barbara Hershey
  • Kim Stanley
  • Veronica Cartwright
  • Pamela Reed
  • Scott Paulin
  • Charles Frank
  • Lance Henriksen
  • Donald Moffat
  • Levon Helm
  • Mary Jo Deschanel
  • Scott Wilson
  • Kathy Baker
  • Mickey Crocker
  • Susan Kase
  • Mittie Smith
  • Royal Dano
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Harry Shearer
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie -- which was previously rated R in 1983 and was later re-rated -- is very long and some of the astronauts' conduct, including locker room-type banter, may be unsuitable for younger kids. For older kids, the movie offers a human perspective on what is arguably America's greatest technological feat -- space flight. It also addresses themes of loyalty and the value of cooperation through a gripping story and spectacular visuals that have aged well. Peppered with laughs, it also features an Academy Award-winning score.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

Not applicable

Language

A fair bit of relatively minor cussing.

Social Behavior

The movie does a thorough job of depicting the pressures affecting the first astronauts' wives, but it's clear that the women are expected to maintain the household while their husbands make history. One character laughs at a comic routine involving a Hispanic astronaut. Although all the men are married, some show interest in other women.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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