When they say that the 80's were a low point in american cinema, they must have missed this film. "The Right Stuff" is big, big movie with a great story and a great cast. If this film would be released today, it probably would get more than it's good share of great reviews. Though considered as a classic, it's still in many ways underappreciated.
This is the story about the early days of highspeed airplanes and the starting of the space race between US and Russia. The story is the star of the film. The brilliant cast shines, but only the strenghten the story, never to take the focus out of the film. Cinematography is also outstanding.
The movie is long, but don't be scared, it's so very entertaining that the time flies by. And this is a movie that can last repeated viewings, because it's fast amount of detail and simply because it's so much fun. "Serious" cinema that is also very entertaining is something that isn't accomplished very often.
This movie has so much to offer, that there's very little to complain about. Maybe this one could have been a little longer film! For any film lover, this is one essential cinema from the eighties cataloque. And if you're interested about space program etc. this is essential. If you're just curious, well I'm quite sure that this film is worth the time and effort.