The Right Stuff (1983)

Directed by Philip Kaufman

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper.

The main character of The Right Stuff is something called The Right Stuff.

Philip Kaufman (Vulture)

Forty years on, how's that sense of American exceptionalism workin' out for you?

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For the scene where Yeager breaks the sound barrier, Jordan asked me what I wanted, and I said, “A memory of birth. Like the sky is opening up as man is first born. You can sort of see that there’s a kind of labia opening up in the sky, and man is going beyond where the demon is, to birth.” And that’s what Jordan gave us.