The Right Stuff Poll

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Poll Results

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Fred Ward as Gus Grissom 4
Ed Harris as John Glenn 3
Sam Shephard as Chuck Yeager 2
Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard 2
Dennis Quaid as Gordon Cooper 2
Scott Paulin as Deke Slayton 0
Charles Frank as Scott Carpenter 0
Lance Henriksen as Wally Schirra0


Oilyrags, Monday, 28 July 2008 17:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dennis Quaid is smokin' in this movie. ROWR.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 28 July 2008 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

RIDLEY, MAKE ANOTHER NOTE, WOULD YOU?
MY NAME... JOSE JIMENEZ
I JUST THANK GOD I LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE BEST IN A MAN CAN BE BROUGHT OUT. I MEAN THAT.
WHO'S THE BEST PILOT YOU EVER SAW?
FUCKIN'-A, BUBBA
...
YOU WERE PROBABLY JUST GETTING WARMED UP, JOHN. NEXT TIME, I'D DOUBT I'D WIN
[Σ]

gabbneb, Monday, 28 July 2008 18:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have never seen this movie

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 28 July 2008 18:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

which is kinda odd considering how into the space program I am

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 28 July 2008 18:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

no Shearer & Goldblum, no cred

Dr Morbius, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Need a parallel poll for the wives.

Pancakes Hackman, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

so is this actually any good?

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

more reverential than the book, but worth seeing

Dr Morbius, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Shakey Mo, you should go ahead and rent it this weekend. It's all kinds of good.

Fred Ward as Gus pwnz.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

no Hershey, Cartwright, Reed, Deschanel, no credibility
no Stanley, Helm, Dano, no credibility
no Moffat, Beach, no credibility

gabbneb, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

I didn't like Moffat too much, although I guess you can't underplay LBJ.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

more reverential than the book

eh, i dunno about that

i don't unreservedly like it - some of the politics of the original material/figures even moreso than the movie are not mine - but it's basically my favorite movie of all time

gabbneb, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking John Glenn never asked the wife if he was a Harry Hairshirt either

Dr Morbius, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hershey should be in the 2nd list, actually

gabbneb, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Only arestronuts and test pilus have ritw stuff, nrz!!!!!!!

Oilyrags, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

But yeah, there are a ton of great performances here that don't really fit in the poll.

Oilyrags, Monday, 28 July 2008 19:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

like these?

"Southwestern Waltz" Performed by Bob Wills
"Faraway Places" Performed by Margaret Whiting
"I Got A Rocket In My Pocket" Performed by Jimmy Lloyd
"Wheels Of Fortune" Performed by Kay Starr
"Tennessee Waltz" Performed by Patti Page
"Yablochka" Performed by the Andreyev Balalaika Ensemble
"The Wayward Wind" Performed by Gogi Grant
"Good Golly Miss Molly" Performed by Little Richard
"Hallelujah Chorus" Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
"La Bamba" Performed by Chubby Checker
"I Only Have Eyes For You" Performed by The Flamingos
"Taiko Drums" Performed by Seiichi Tanaka
"Anchors Aweigh" Performed by Banda Taurina
"The Marines' Hymn" ['Performed' by Ed Harris]
"The U.S. Air Force" ['Performed' by Dennis Quaid]
"White Dawn" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
"Mars, Jupiter & Neptune" Performed by The Boston Symphony Orchestra
"Wake Up Little Susie" Performed by The Everly Brothers
"Claire de Lune" (uncredited)
"Breaking The Sound Barrier" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
"Almost Ready" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
"The Training" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
"Glenn's Flight" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
"Yeager's Flight" Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 06:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ebert's original review

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 06:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

more reverential than the book

of Yeager, this is probably true. of the others, not so much.

while the movie deals in interesting themes that weren't really present in the book, it's no journalistic enterprise. the whole Schirra storyline, which gets a not unimportant chapter in the book, was excised presumably because it wasn't sexy or funny enough - the best he gets other than the introduction is a cheap gag in the background.

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

so is this actually any good?

It's *very* good, and even if it wasn't, you'd still have to see it to remain a citizen of the US. They passed that law in the late 80's, iirc.

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 07:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Bill Conti score is his fonest moment. Yeah, no shit -- better than Rocky.

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 07:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

fInest

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 07:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

no Hershey, Cartwright, Reed, Deschanel, no credibility
no Stanley, Helm, Dano, no credibility
no Moffat, Beach, no credibility

Totally otm. I refuse to vote in this poll on the grounds that it has no women in it, and the wives are as important as the badasses and daredevils. The movie spends a lot of time on that point, actually. How could you leave out the women, fer chrissakes? I'm not trying to be all cap'n save-an-astronaut-wife, but come on... Barbara Hershey didn't even cross your mind?

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

And I will totally defend Moffat's LBJ against anyone who think's it's way over the top. It's maybe a *little* over the top. And if LBJ can't be comic relief, who can?

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

(I love this movie, in case you can't tell.)

kenan, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 08:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

no, really?

I did think about opening it up a bit, but there's no chixxors or Feddzors on the DVD box, so...

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also: TRS STRK poll is v good idea.

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

this thread could go on for 2 weeks without even mentioning Philip Kaufman's name, cuz he's not a Spike/Quentin-style self-promoter?

His Invasion of the Body Snatchers '78 is better than this, though.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

although I recently watched The Unbearable Lightness of Being again, and you'd have no idea why anyone thought it should be 3 hrs long if you haven't read the book.

Strangely haven't seen any of his others besides those 3:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442241/

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

I (barely) remember Henry and June as being kind of yawnsome. Rising Sun sure looked like crap, but I never saw that either.

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

you've never seen Quills?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kaufman was on a roll for a while: Anthony Minghella with an impish gleam.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp: no, I saw the French movie about Marquis de Sade (D Auteuil) that came out around then instead.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 13:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

this thread could go on for 2 weeks without even mentioning Philip Kaufman's name, cuz he's not a Spike/Quentin-style self-promoter?

we apologize for not being as with-it as you. who do you propose to poll him against? caleb d? brooks? bergman? beatty?

quite obviously kaufman is not as bandied-about because he has far less discernable style, his movies by and large have little to do with youth culture let alone the present, and because he's an old man

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

with-it, klassik

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 15:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

i thot i shd use old-man terms

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 15:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is the William Goldman bit about Kaufman and the screenplay online anywhere? Google is unhelpful.

Pancakes Hackman, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 15:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can't believe no one has mentioned Scott Glenn yet. Dude is James Coburn with even more attitude.

I voted Scott Glenn.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 16:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

So did I.

Millsner, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 16:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

gobb, you shd use old-man suppositories

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

witty!

Dave Kehr, who didn't really get the movie (shocker), said the performances "range from the merely excellent (Scott Glenn) to the sublime (Ed Harris)"

gabbneb, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 16:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

I voted Fred Ward cuz I love Fred Ward.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 23:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

fuckin a, bubba.

kenan, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 23:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yay Fred Ward!

Alex in SF, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

Those are five really good performances there that got votes.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

the performances "range from the merely excellent (Scott Glenn) to the sublime (Ed Harris)"

this is very true

omar little, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

i saw this twice in the theater when i was 7, this is a really great, super entertaining movie. kind of hard to believe it's almost as long as godfather II.

omar little, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

and Terms of Endearment beat it for Best Picture!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

probably because it was a relative financial disappointment, which is also totally hard to believe because this is exactly the type of epic movie that you'd think would scare up 70-80 mill

omar little, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

the special fx hold up pretty good too!

omar little, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

Patriotic as fuck, too, which seldom hurts.

Oilyrags, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's a complicated, ironic patriotism, which wasn't too in vogue at the time

i didn't vote, but i think i'd say ward edges harris edges maybe scott glenn, though it's a little hard to see the actor apart from the character in hindsight given that the characters defined the actors for me. shepard does a whole lot without saying a word, but his line readings seem kinda off in the early part of the movie - maybe it's intentional that he becomes more fluent as time passes. and if i'm ranking quaid 4th or 5th am i underselling fun?

hershey's character blows the other wives off the screen, but i think cartwright is the best female performance.

gabbneb, Friday, 1 August 2008 04:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"Ironic patriotism" or "ironic reverence" is a good description (except for the Yeager bits). I can't think of another big budget American film from the time that didn't take itself too seriously and was crazy-entertaining.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 December 2008 22:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

i still find that last flight of yeager pretty terrifying

shook pwns (omar little), Friday, 9 January 2009 16:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

That wasn't a parachute dragging behind him at the end; it was his poop.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 9 January 2009 17:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

man what a great fuckin movie. i think this might be my favorite cast ever - you put any 2 of those five main guys in a movie and i'll watch it, but all of em? yowie zowie!!! even the guy who plays yeager's mechanic is awesome. the women are great too - veronica cartwright, barbara hershey, mary jo deschanel, and pamela reed most of all - kim stanley's sorta wasted, but so is lance henriksen. im sure if they knew what they had on their hands in ol' lance they would've cooked up more for him to do~

maghrib is back (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:35 (six years ago) Permalink

terms of fuckin endearment won best pic, that movie had only one astronaut

omar little, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:43 (six years ago) Permalink

re: the poll its gotta be ed harris. fred ward (who is one of my favorite dudes in the world) has his share of great scenes, especially panicking in the capsule and the aftermath with his wife, but harris has pretty much all the best bits - the tender scenes with his wife, the phone scene, the press conference, "those... darn russians!"

something i never realized: that's hall of fame left tackle anthony munoz playing gonzalez!

maghrib is back (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:58 (six years ago) Permalink

last time i saw this movie i noticed how ripped scott glenn was

omar little, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:01 (six years ago) Permalink

haha same. i guess he's always been pretty sinewy. also was realizing how joker-like dennis quaid's smile is

maghrib is back (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

i kinda like the vv subtle and maybe unintended implication about grissom kinda being a star-crossed (lol) astronaut, i mean of course that event did occur but to me it kind of foreshadows a bit.

omar little, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Whatever happened to Oilyrags, anyway?

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:09 (six years ago) Permalink

final post:

50 Great Neil Young Covers

omar little, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:10 (six years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

This was great. Yeah maybe reverential or whatever but had a great sense of humor, like those repeated shots of Jeff Goldblum's super serious and always late g-man running to that office. And the scene where the dude has to pee and they keep cutting to, like, people drinking water, pouring tea, talking about how much coffee they drank, etc.

I mainly saw this cos i got into Jordan Belson a few years ago and heard he did some visual effects stuff for this. It was pretty impressive!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 9 September 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

This sucks so far when is it going to not suck

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:15 (two years ago) Permalink

The Shite Stuff

I never wanted to be your weekend lover (snoball), Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Ok president office scene goldblum shearer it got great

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:29 (two years ago) Permalink

man what a great fuckin movie. i think this might be my favorite cast ever - you put any 2 of those five main guys in a movie and i'll watch it, but all of em? yowie zowie!!! even the guy who plays yeager's mechanic is awesome.

yeager's mechanic is played by Levon Helm! yeah great role, perfect choice of a narrator for the film too.

nomar, Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:32 (two years ago) Permalink

The longer ed Harris goes without killing his wife the worse the tension gets

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Saturday, 23 April 2016 21:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Jeff Goldblum Is Watching You Puke (off the side of an aircraft carrier)

I never wanted to be your weekend lover (snoball), Saturday, 23 April 2016 21:17 (two years ago) Permalink

SPEC-I-MEN

kevin smith what a bro (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 23 April 2016 21:31 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Best movie

nomar, Monday, 31 July 2017 18:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

it's very entertaining but the tone is a bit have-yr-cake-and-eat-it

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 18:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

mmm a right stuff cake would be great. "Let's light this candle!"

nomar, Monday, 31 July 2017 18:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

Weird that Yeager is the only guy to outlive the actor who played him.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 31 July 2017 18:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

test pilot in character

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 18:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeager in 1983 looked like an elderly guy next to Shepard, who was only 38 or 39 when they filmed it.

nomar, Monday, 31 July 2017 18:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

that film was made 24 years after the selection of the astronauts, and is now 34 years old.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 31 July 2017 18:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

NYers, showing in 70mm at MOMI tonight

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 September 2017 16:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Pamela Reed sorely missing from this poll.

Scott Glenn is still ripped... he's a 78-yo martial arts nut.

Dennis Quaid, if you're lurking, i would still eat you out anytime.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 September 2017 09:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

most of these guys aged into real charismatic weathered-leather ruggedness huh

god i love this movie, i'd kill to see it in 70mm

pizzarro gizzarda (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 2 September 2017 10:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's loud! But it has to be.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 September 2017 15:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

Dennis Quaid, if you're lurking, i would still eat you out anytime.

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius),

fight you

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 September 2017 15:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

guys, guys, there's enough ass for everyone, just be chill

pizzarro gizzarda (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

good news fellas, there probably *is* a Quaid brother lurking here

nomar, Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

i hope it's doug

pizzarro gizzarda (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

put em up, Herbert Pocket

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

Until last week, I would not have been able to name the iconic but little-remembered character actor who appeared in this and the original Twin Peaks series.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 14:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

yes, it was '50s western fixture Royal Dano, who played the Minister aka Death in TRS and Judge Sternwood in TP.

He was also the Disney park voice of Lincoln for many years, after playing him on TV.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 02:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Saw this when it came out, again a few years later, and not since till today (70mm screening at the Lightbox). Really good. Trying to think of a comparable film in scale from the past 35 years--not Apollo 13, which I remember as a much lesser version, not even necessarily space-related--something big and historical and free-wheeling...Carlos comes to mind, not much else. A reminder of how great Veronica Cartwright and Pamela Reed were. (The film's treatment of the women and the Hispanic NASA guy--the one who recoils from Scott Glenn's Bill Dana impression--felt pretty current.) Watching Ed Harris play a Boy Scout was extra funny--every time I see him nowadays he's like a George Kennedy caricature, growling "goddammit" and "son of a bitch" way too often. Goldblum and Harry Shearer and Donald Moffat as LBJ were funny. I don't really remember how this was received in 1983. I mean the tone--I know it got great reviews. Was it talked about as a film Reagan would love, a straightforward celebration of old-fashioned heroism? It seems a lot subtler than that.

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:39 (five months ago) Permalink


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