‘The Right Stuff’ still goes to unbeatability and beyond

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To play the role of pilot and astronaut “Gordo” Cooper in The Right Stuff, Dennis Quaid really did learn to fly. He surprised director Philip Kauffman and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel with his new skills – by taking off as they sat together in a small plane. “What the fuck’s going on here!?” Kauffman recalled them saying. “Caleb and I were terrified.”..

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