Writer/director Philip Kaufman brings sweeping action, humor, and human drama to his adaptation of Tom Wolfe's novel about the birth of the Space Age. As pilot Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard) pushes the envelope to break the sound barrier, Alan Shepard (Scott Glenn), Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid), Gus Grissom (Fred Ward), John Glenn (Ed Harris), and other men with the "right stuff" embark on their challenging new careers as America's Mercury astronauts. With Barbara Hershey. 193 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digit al Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; theatrical trailer.