YMMV / The Right Stuff

  • Angst Dissonance: Grissom's prolonged attempt to prove he's not a "squirming hatch-blower." It's unfortunate, but at that point the movie has been going on for over an hour and it's hard to care about one guy's reputation amidst other people's fears of dying in space or the Soviets beating the US.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Certainly the high point of Bill Conti's composing career.
    • A truly awesome film soundtrack — although the poster mentions a soundtrack album, it wasn't released until 2009 (thank you, Varèse Sarabande's CD Club); some of it was re-recorded for an album alongside extracts from Conti's North and South (Trilogy).
    • It may have something to do with the fact that the main theme's similarity to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto teeters on the ragged edge of plagiarism (then again, such things never stopped other composers' music from getting released).
    • "Mars" and "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" are used to an epic effect during John Glenn's launch.
    • Henry Mancini's The White Dawn also turns up.
    • The very apropos Clair de Lune during Sally Rand's dance.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The lines "You know what makes this bird go up? Funding makes this bird go up.", and "No bucks, no Buck Rogers.", was very painful when NASA was at a standstill after the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.
    • After Gus Grissom's flight, NASA executives realized that the explosive bolts were faulty and would pre-maturely explode on their own; therefore, NASA removed the explosive hatch on later models to avoid this from ever happening again. This became the ultimate demise of Grissom when the Apollo 1 capsule caught fire and the hatch could not open due to the immense pressure inside the capsule, trapping the 3 astronauts to their fiery deaths.
    • After Sam Shepard portrayed Chuck Yeager so memorably, he died from ALS at age 73 while Yeager himself was still alive at 94.
  • Signature Scene: The scene of the astronauts taking a Power Walk together, which has since gone on to be one of the most referenced and parodied moments in pop culture.
  • Squick:
    • In the book, the description of finding the dead test pilot's cloth helmet liner with brain matter in it.
    • In the movie, Shepard peeing in his spacesuit.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome