In 1979, independent producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler outbid Universal Pictures for the movie rights to Tom Wolfe's book, paying $350,000. They hired William Goldman to write the screenplay. Goldman wrote in his memoirs that his adaptation focused on the astronauts, entirely ignoring Chuck Yeager. Goldman was inspired to accept the job because he wanted to say something patriotic about America in the wake of the Iran hostage crisis. Winkler writes in his memoirs that he was disappointed Goldman's adaptation ignored Yeager.
- 1 Bill ContiBreaking the Sound Barrier (From "The Right Stuff") 4:47
- 2 Bill ContiAlmost Ready (From "The Right Stuff") 1:26
- 3 Bill ContiThe Training (From "The Right Stuff") 1:17
- 4 Bill ContiGlenn's Flight (From "The Right Stuff") 5:19
- 5 Bill ContiYeager's Triumph (From "The Right Stuff") 5:15
- 6 Bill ContiMain Title (From "North and South") 3:47
- 7 Bill ContiSouthern Life (From "North and South") 1:39
- 8 Bill ContiLove In the Chapel (From "North and South") 4:06
- 9 Bill ContiA Close Call (From "North and South") 2:02
- 10 Bill ContiReturning Home (From "North and South") 2:15
- 11 Bill ContiLast Embrace (From "North and South") 2:59
- 12 Bill ContiFinal Meeting (From "North and South") 2:29
|Runtime||3 hr 13 min|
|Budget||$27 000 000|
|Premiere: World||$21 192 315 October 21, 1983|
|USA||$21 192 102|
|Box Office – Budget||– $5 807 685|
|Premiere: USA||$21 192 102 October 21, 1983|
|Digital: World||August 15, 2008|
|Parental Advisory||Profanity, ...|
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DescriptionThe U.S. space program’s development from the breaking of the sound barrier to selection of the Mercury 7 astronauts, from a group of test pilots with a more seat-of-the-pants approach than the program’s more cautious engineers preferred.
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