“The Right Stuff” quotes

Movie The Right Stuff
Title The Right Stuff
Year 1983
Director Philip Kaufman
Genre Drama, History, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Plot – In 1947, an American pilot breaks the sound barrier and sets the stage for the conquest of space. Together science, political competition, new technology and a huge financial and organizational commitment help to prepare the operation. On the other hand, for its complete success, men with "the right stuff" are needed. These are carefully selected pilots, who are gifted and highly trained: brave, intelligent, real men, our "guides" into space.
All actors – 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, David Clennon, Jim Haynie, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Scott Beach, Jane Dornacker, Anthony Munoz, John P. Ryan, Darryl Henriques, Eric Sevareid, William Russ, Drew Letchworth, Christopher P. Beale, Richard Dupell, William Hall, John X. Heart, Ed Holmes, Jack Bruno Tate, Edward Anhalt, Mary Apick, Robert Beer, Erik Bergmann, James Brady, Katherine Conklin, Maureen Coyne, Tom Dahlgren, John Lion, Peggy Davis, John Dehner, Robert Elross, Drew Eshelman, Robert J. Geary, Royce Grones, David Gulpilil, Anthony Wallis, Kaaren Lee, Sandy Kronemeyer, Frankie Di, Michael Pritchard, Ed Corbett, O-Lan Jones, Mark Todd, Allen Gebhardt, Chuck Yeager, Ed Sullivan, Gilbert Bazan, Ronnie Dee Blaire, Nikolai Bulganin, Bill Dana, Yuri Gagarin, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Christopher Kriesa, Georgi Malenkov, James Mathers, Anastas Mikoyan, Mimi Sarkisian, Tony Toscano, Kliment Voroshilov
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  • “Whoever controls the high ground of space controls the world. The Roman Empire controlled the world because it could build roads. Later, the British Empire was dominant because they had ships. In the Air Stage, we were powerful because we had the airplane. And now the Communists have established a foothold in outer space. Pretty soon they'll...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Donald Moffat - Lyndon B. Johnson
    [Tag:control, power, space]
  • - Scott Crossfield: You want a pilot to become a balistic missile. And then splash down - possibly get lost at sea.
    - Pancho Barnes: See, some peckerwood's gotta get the thing up. And some peckerwood's gotta land the son of a bitch. And that "peckerwood" is called a "pilot".

    Scott Wilson - Scott Crossfield
    Kim Stanley - Pancho Barnes
    [Tag:danger, risk, working]
  • “- John Glenn: If you don't want the Vice President or the TV networks or anybody else to come into the house, then that's it, as far as I'm concerned. They are not coming in, and I will back you all the way, a hundred percent on this. And you tell them that, ok? I don't want Johnson or any of the rest of them to set as much as one toe inside our...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Ed Harris - John Glenn
    Mary Jo Deschanel - Annie Glenn
  • “- John Glenn: I'm tired of being forthright, gracious and magnanimous.
    - Gordon Cooper: Yeah.
    - John Glenn: I'm tired of these stupid questions from the press.
    - Gordon Cooper: Mm-hm.
    - John Glenn: I'm tired of smocks, I'm tired of engineers telling us what we can't do, I'm tired of everybody that says we are not pilots!”

    Ed Harris - John Glenn
    Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper
    [Tag:anger, goodness]
  • - Liaison Man: You mean for this "space race" you don't want our best pilots?
    - Recruiter: I didn't say that. We want the best pilots that we can get.

    David Clennon - Liaison Man
    Jeff Goldblum - Recruiter
  • “- Liaison Man: Right now the President's got his own problems with the Bay of Pigs, he doesn't want the astronauts' image tarnished. Nothing these guys do is gonna be called a failure... But you'd think the public'd know that they're just doing what monkeys have done?
    - Chuck Yeager: Monkeys? Think a monkey knows he's sitting on top of a rocket...” (continue)
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    David Clennon - Liaison Man
    Sam Shepard - Chuck Yeager
    [Tag:courage, suicide]
  • “Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, in darkened storm or sunlight glare. Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, for those in peril in the air. Amen.”

    Royal Dano - Minister
    [Tag:funeral, prayer, space]
  • - Henry Luce: Gus? An astronaut named "Gus"? What's your middle name?
    - Gus Grissom: Ivan.
    - Henry Luce: Ivan... ahem... well. Maybe, Gus isn't so bad, might be something there... All right, all right. You can be Gus.

    John Dehner - Henry Luce
    Fred Ward - Gus Grissom
    [Tag:name, nickname]
  • - Gus Grissom: What the hell does "astronaut" mean, anyway?
    - Gordon Cooper: "Star Voyager".
    - Gus Grissom: "Star Voyager" Gus Grissom. I kinda like the sound of that.

    Fred Ward - Gus Grissom
    Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper
    [Tag:meaning, space, words]
  • “The Mercury program was over. Four years later, astronaut Gus Grissom was killed, along with astronauts White and Chaffee, when fire swept through their Apollo capsule. But on that glorious day in May 1963, Gordon Cooper went higher, farther, and faster than any other American - 22 complete orbits around the world; he was the last American ever...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Levon Helm - Narrator
    [Tag:death, glory]
  • “- Gordon Cooper: Yeah, but... nurse, how am I supposed to...
    - Nurse Murch: The best results seem to be obtained through fantasization, accompanied by masturbation, followed by ejaculation.
    - Gordon Cooper: Well, that sounds easy enough.”

    Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper
    Jane Dornacker - Nurse Murch
  • “- Alan Shepard: It sounds dangerous.
    - Recruiter: It is! Extremely dangerous!
    - Alan Shepard: Count me in!”

    Scott Glenn - Alan Shepard
    Jeff Goldblum - Recruiter
    [Tag:courage, danger]
  • “- Girl at Pancho's: I just noticed that a fancy pilot like Slick over there doesn't have his picture on your wall. What do you have to do to get your picture up there anyway?
    - Pancho Barnes: You have to die, sweetie.”

    O-Lan Jones - Girl at Pancho's
    Kim Stanley - Pancho Barnes
    [Tag:death, picture]
  • “The government can spend all kinds of money teaching you how to be a fearless test pilot, but they don't spend a god-damned thing teaching you how to be the fearless wife of a fearless test pilot.”
    Barbara Hershey - Glennis Yeager
  • “There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Levon Helm - Narrator
    [Tag:death, monster, sound]
  • “- ChiefScientist: We would be in full control of this pod. It will go up like a cannonball, and come down like a cannonball, splashing down into the water, the ocean, with a parachute to spare the life of the specimen inside.
    - Lyndon Johnson: Spaceman?
    - ChiefScientist: Specimen.
    - Lyndon Johnson: Well, what kind of specimen?
    - Chief...” (continue)
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    Scott Beach - Chief Scientist
    Donald Moffat - Lyndon B. Johnson
    [Tag:animals, strategy]
  • “- Alan Shepard: How am I doing?
    - Gonzalez: I think you're going to make it, man. I think you're going to be an astronaut.”

    Scott Glenn - Alan Shepard
    Anthony Munoz - Gonzales
  • “- John Glenn: I'm talking about the playing around that's going on. I'm talking about the young girls. I'm talking about the cookies. I'm talking about keeping our pants zipped and our wicks dry around here!
    - Alan Shepard: Mr. Glenn, you are way out of line. I'd advise you not to try and foist your view of morality on anybody else in this group.”

    Ed Harris - John Glenn
    Scott Glenn - Alan Shepard
  • “- John Glenn: I liked a girl in my class, but all the other guys liked her too and she didn't pay any attention. But I kept after her, Eddie.
    - Game Show MC: Did you finally get her to notice you?
    - John Glenn: Yes, I did. In fact, I finally got her to marry me.”

    Ed Harris - John Glenn
    Robert J. Geary - Game Show M.C.
  • “- Chuck Yeager: I'm a fearless man, but I'm scared to death of you.
    - Glennis Yeager: Oh no you're not. But you oughta be.”

    Sam Shepard - Chuck Yeager
    Barbara Hershey - Glennis Yeager
  • “Isn't there anybody who can deal with a housewife?”
    Donald Moffat - Lyndon B. Johnson
  • I went back east to a reunion and all my friends could talk about their husband's work. How "dog-eat-dog" and cutthroat it was on Madison Ave. Places like that. Cutthroat. I wondered how they would've felt if every time their husband went in to make a deal, there was a one in four chance he wouldn't come out of that meeting.

    Pamela Reed - Trudy Cooper
    [Tag:husband, risk, worry]
  • “I thought I was going to be Honorable Mrs. Astronaut, and I ended up being Honorable Mrs. Squirming Hatchblower.”

    Veronica Cartwright - Betty Grissom
    [Tag:expectation, wife]
  • “Funding. That's what makes your ships go up. I'll tell you something, and you guys too: no bucks, no Buck Rodgers.”
    Jeff Goldblum - Recruiter
  • “- Trudy Cooper: You're all set. I told her you were stable, well-adjusted, attentive, persevering... I lied.
    - Gordon Cooper: That a girl! What'd she say?
    - Trudy Cooper: She laughed! She knows you too well, Gordo.
    - Gordon Cooper: Yeah, well some women just have a problem with men, you know?”

    Pamela Reed - Trudy Cooper
    Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper
    [Tag:lies, women]