In addition to being a war hero and senator, John Glenn — who passed away late last week at the age of 95 — was an astronaut between 1958 and 1964. That tenure is part of the drama in 1983’s “The Right Stuff,” perhaps the best drama ever made about NASA (sorry, “Apollo 13”). To honor Glenn, AMC Theatres is re-releasing the film between now and this Thursday, December 15.
Ed Harris plays Glenn in Philip Kaufman’s film, which is based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book of the same name; also aboard the ensemble cast are Charles Frank, Scott Glenn, Lance Henriksen, Scott Paulin, Dennis Quaid, Sam Shepard and Fred Ward. “The Right Stuff” won four Academy awards (Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Original Score) and was nominated for four more, including Best Supporting Actor for Shepard and Best Picture.
Tickets and showtimes can be found on the AMC website.