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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.

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Damien Chazelle

Writers:

Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 162 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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

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Experience the impossible journey to the Moon. 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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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,006,065, 14 October 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,936,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,546,153, 6 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The reason why Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon, this wasn't because of a NASA decision, or a coin flip, or any direct intention. Because of the physical positions of the pilot and commander inside the LEM and the bulky suits, they had to egress in a specific order. The order was determined by the position of the hinge on the LEM door. The decision as to whether it be on the left or right was made arbitrarily by an engineer at Grumman, several years earlier. Had he put the hinge on the other side, the pilot would have exited before the commander instead of the reverse, and the almost singular focus on Neil Armstrong from 1969 and throughout the rest of recorded history - including the existence of this very film - would have been instead on Buzz Aldrin. See more »

Goofs

In the Houston control room scene (March 16, 1966), the chopsticks in the Chinese food takeout box are too new a design with the "splitting end" to indicates that the chopsticks were brand new at the time of filming. See more »

Quotes

Pete Conrad: Neil, I was sorry to hear about your daughter.
Neil Armstrong: I'm sorry, is there a question?
Pete Conrad: What I... What I mean is... Do you think it'll have an effect?
Neil Armstrong: I think it would be unreasonable to assume that it wouldn't have some effect.
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Connections

Featured in First Man: Shooting for the Moon (2019) See more »

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500 Miles
Written by Hedy West
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary (as Peter, Paul & Mary)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Good, Not Great
3 October 2018 | by bobzmcishlSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at a sneak preview, and I had high expectations given the hype, but sadly, this was no "The Right Stuff." The problem may lie in the main character on which the movie is based, Neil Armstrong. He is portrayed as a colorless technocrat, who is somewhat cold to his family. The movie focuses mainly on his family relationships, and the landing on the moon is somewhat secondary, therefore the movie lacks a lot of drama. This is unfortunate since Armstrong led a very charmed life as a fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. The movie covers three of his serious incidents while flying, and he had at least three more, that could have been covered in a miniseries. A miniseries would have allowed for more in-depth probing of how Armstrong became the man he was. The main characters all suffer from superficial once overs. The astronauts were all household names but you wouldn't know it from this movie. The movie also had a hard time capturing just how terrifying some of the events were. Apollo 13 did a far better job of recounting the terror of that flight. Claire Foy as the wife was ok but she also had a degree of coldness about her. The movie also glosses over the misplaced disdain military pilots had for their civilian counterparts. The complaint was that civilian pilots by virtue of their engineering training were too mechanical and not true flyers. This was not true of Armstrong who got his pilots license at the age of 17. The movie should have started there. He was considered a brilliant engineer by his peers, and he was rightfully selected to be the commander of Apollo 11. That brilliance is not captured on screen. By the end of his career he had flown over 200 different aircraft. He was a giant. I think the movie should have brought that out.


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