Fred Ward

Our original film review of 'The Right Stuff' holds clues for John Glenn's path to senator

Our original film review of 'The Right Stuff' holds clues for John Glenn's path to senator

John Glenn, astronaut, senator and the first U.S. citizen to orbit Earth, passed away Thursday at 95. In Philip Kaufman’s film “The Right Stuff,” based on the book by Tom Wolfe, Ed Harris plays Glenn. “The ‘clean marine’ with an undiscovered talent for PR,” as then-Times film critic Sheila Benson described Glenn’s depiction in her original review, was at the heart of one of the movie’s most satisfying moments. This review was first published in The Times on Oct. 21,...

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