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AMC Brings Back ‘The Right Stuff’ to Honor John Glenn

Variety logo Variety 12/12/2016 Brent Lang
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AMC Theatres is bringing back “The Right Stuff” to honor John Glenn, the pioneering astronaut and U.S. senator who died last week at the age of 95.

The Oscar-winning drama will screen at 95 locations, including major markets like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller locations such as South Bend, Indiana.

“The Right Stuff” follows Glenn and pioneering astronauts such as Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Alan Shepard, as it recounts NASA’s Mercury space exploration efforts of the 1960’s. Philip Kaufman directed the film, which adapts Tom Wolfe’s acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name. Ed Harris played Glenn.

Participating AMC locations will show the movie on Monday at 7 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In a statement, AMC CEO Adam Aron said, “John Glenn was a true American hero who helped us all expand the reach of our dreams, and we’re honored to make his incredible story available again on the big screen.”

AMC has honored other pop culture, sports and political figures this year. It brought back the likes of “Purple Rain,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Ali” after Prince, Gene Wilder, and Muhammad Ali died.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, the fifth person in space, and the oldest person to fly in space. He also represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate and launched a failed bid for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.

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