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First Man (2018)

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A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.


Damien Chazelle


Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 191 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Neil Armstrong
Claire Foy ... Janet Armstrong
Jason Clarke ... Ed White
Kyle Chandler ... Deke Slayton
Corey Stoll ... Buzz Aldrin
Patrick Fugit ... Elliot See
Christopher Abbott ... Dave Scott
Ciarán Hinds ... Bob Gilruth
Olivia Hamilton ... Pat White
Pablo Schreiber ... James Lovell
Shea Whigham ... Gus Grissom
Lukas Haas ... Mike Collins
Ethan Embry ... Pete Conrad
Brian d'Arcy James ... Joe Walker
Cory Michael Smith ... Roger Chaffee


A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel. Written by Matthew Villella

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One giant leap into the unknown. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During the re-entry of Apollo 10, Walter Cronkite can be heard (in the actual broadcast tape) referring to its astronauts as "sailors of the sky" who "slipped the surly bonds of earth." The latter line is from the sonnet "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee and was written during World War II. The line become world famous when President Ronald Reagan used it in his eulogy of the astronauts killed in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. See more »


When Armstrong stands on the very edge of a moon crater looking into it , between wide and high shots his distance from the crater rim shifts. See more »


Buzz Aldrin: I'm just saying what you're thinking.
Neil Armstrong: Maybe you shouldn't.
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Crazy Credits

Universal Parks & Resorts logo at the end See more »


Featured in First Man: Mission Gone Wrong (2019) See more »


Lunar Rhapsody
Written by Harry Revel
Performed by Samuel Hoffman (as Dr. Samuel J Hoffman) feat. Les Baxter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Slow paced wonderful biography about Neil Armstrong
22 July 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

Damien Chezzele is a phenomenal director at least for Whiplash and La La Land, maybe not so much except bits of incredible cinematography! Ryan Gosling is pretty good except a little bleak and I still this deserves a fair rating. Mostly interesting to look at and the acting is spot on, but at the same time there are plot holes like others made more in depth note of regardless it's a marvelous film purely cause I don't think Neil Armstrong's story has been done at least not much. Love it or don't I do understand either way!

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Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$59,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,006,065, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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