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The Right Stuff

1983

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  • ...The arrival of Jeff Goldblum and Harry Shearer in minor roles heralds a marvelous change of pace, and Kaufman's affectionate satire of the Mercury program's training regimen and PR campaign enlivens docudrama conventions by focusing on the stuff that's usually elided: semen samples, José Jiménez impressions, inconveniently full bladders during stalled missions.

  • The film is more than a simple glorification of American spirit and achievement: Kaufman allows for the faults to show, those of the government, the pilots and astronauts, and their families. Myths of heroism are cast aside and replaced with a more realistic consideration of these still remarkable men. A contemporary epic, and a modern American classic.

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