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GoesTo11
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posted 08-25-2013 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
If you don't like the movie, you're a puddknocker.
You got any Beeman's?

dogcrew5369
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posted 08-29-2013 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
You got any Beeman's?
I'll loan you a stick.

capoetc
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posted 08-30-2013 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
I'll loan you a stick.

I might have me a stick.

There, fixed it for you.

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-02-2013 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by capoetc:
There, fixed it for you.
Fair enough

Peter downunder
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posted 09-07-2013 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter downunder   Click Here to Email Peter downunder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love the movie, but if you're calling me a pudknocker, I'll have a scotch.

Paul78zephyr
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posted 07-03-2014 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the scene where Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn) exits from the recovery helicopter after his splashdown from the MR-3 flight a man in a naval flight jacket shakes his hand and walks with him as he is cheered (Navy band playing anchors away) on the carrier deck. Who is that man?

I've always thought he looks almost like the real Alan Shepard (i.e. cameo), but then again he doesn't. Clearly the makers of the film made the scene like that for a reason.

sev8n
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posted 07-03-2014 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From imdb.com:
While several of the lead actors chose to meet their real-life counterparts, Scott Glenn elected not to meet with Alan Shepard. Scott said he wanted to get down Shepard's character and nuances by observation and by hearing others' points of view. After filming, the real Alan Shepard wrote the director and commented on Scott Glenn's "spot-on" performance - except for "not being nearly as good-looking as he was."
Speaking of cameos, from the same page:
Cameo
Chuck Yeager: the bartender

p51
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posted 07-03-2014 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I loved the movie when it came out, saw it first run in the theaters. The following year I entered high school and was in Air Force Junior ROTC, and lines from the movie were often quoted by us airplane geek types.

I continued to love the movie UNTIL I read the book a couple of years ago. Now, I consider it as dark conedy and unrelated to the book.

Robert Pearlman
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Wired has published an oral history of The Right Stuff, exploring the making of the 1983 feature film with Philip Kaufman, George Lucas, Chuck Yeager, Ed Harris and others from the movie's cast and crew.
Making it was an epic in itself. Its locations were hard-earned; its special-effects plan was largely reconceived during production; one man lost part of an ear on the set, another lost his life. But more than three decades later, The Right Stuff still resonates, a testament to the incredible feats of bravery, sacrifice, and intelligence of which humans are capable — and to the inherent absurdity of climbing into tin cans mounted on ballistic missiles and blasting into space.

alanh_7
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posted 11-20-2014 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always hated the way that film made Gus Grissom look. NASA must have thought highly of him otherwise they would not have given him the first manned Gemini AND Apollo had they not had confidence in him. In the film they made it look like Gus was almost trying to hide something.

p51
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posted 11-20-2014 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by alanh_7:
I always hated the way that film made Gus Grissom look.
Yeah, I was actually surprised to later read that NASA agreed officially that the hatch did, in fact, 'Just blow,' but the movie clearly made it look like Gus had done that bad thing with the pooch and NASA had then kicked him to the curb.

alanh_7
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posted 11-20-2014 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Particularly since other theories came out after Liberty Bell was recovered that could have explained why the hatch blew. Including a theory by Guenter Wendt if I recall. And none of those theories included Gus making a mistake. I am not saying he did or he did not blow the hatch. Just that I found the way that they treated him in both the book and the movie was more than a little unfair.


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