CBS Evening News for Saturday, Apr 07, 1984
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(Studio) "Terms of Endearment" and "The Right Stuff" noted among nominees for Best Picture at Monday's Academy Awards.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Hollywood, California) "The Right Stuff's" economy failure and possible impact should it win Oscar examined; scenes shown courtesy The Ladd Company ["Variety" critic Jim HARWOOD - praises film.] [Producer Robert CHARTOFF - had anticipated success.] Possible factors affecting public's lack of enthusiasm for "The Right Stuff" considered. [Director Phil KAUFMAN - doesn't believe public realized movie is funny.] Tom Wolfe's book of same name recalled, quoted. Test pilot Chuck Yeager, astronauts John Glenn and Gordon Cooper noted featured in film. [Actor Dennis QUAID - fears movie was initially perceived as political film for Glenn.] [PEOPLE - think movie is about Glenn, pols.] Ladd Company's encouragement of that connection reviewed. [HARWOOD - notes nation's youth puts Glenn in same historical spectrum as Marco Polo.] [CHARTOFF - thinks story being told was probably the wrong one.] Unreleased commercial for movie shown, discussed. [HARWOOD - feels 1 astronaut circling earth isn't big deal to audiences who have seen "Star Wars."]
REPORTER: Andrea Naverson
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