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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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

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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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The original music composed by Justin Hurwitz featured various instruments, including theremin (which Hurwitz learned to play; his performance is in the final score) and a Moog synthesizer, along with an Echoplex tape-based delay unit, which give the score its uniqueness. The Echoplex, which features a sliding playback head that can shift the delay (echo) of the signal sent to the recording head, is used to create single or multiple repeats from information temporarily recorded on a tape loop, which was used for a number of pop recordings in the seventies. Hurwitz also rerecorded a string orchestra being played back through a Leslie rotor cabinet to create special sound effects. See more »


When first depicted as coming around the dark side of the moon, the interior of the spacecraft is totally dark, with no instrument lights or any other light source of any kind. Then when descending, the interior of the LM is also black, but with glaring instrument lights but impossible to read any of the labels on the panels. This is absurd, as it would be impossible to function. This is deliberate on the part of the director, who clearly has no awareness or concern about how knowledgeable the audience of the preceding generation is about Apollo. See more »


Older Rick Armstrong: Mom, what's wrong?
Janet Armstrong: Nothing, honey. Your dad's going to the Moon.
Older Rick Armstrong: Okay. Can I go outside?
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Lemon Tree
Written by Will Holt
Performed by The Kingston Trio
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

How it felt to be the first.
22 May 2019 | by antneonSee all my reviews

I love this film.

This isn't sci-fi; this isn't fantasy. This isn't a family movie. This is the experience of being Neil Armstrong over the course of several years and several missions. I found it incredibly interesting.

If you don't have a big TV screen and surround sound then I recommend not watching the movie because the air/space missions in this movie are beautiful and need to be properly experience or they won't be appreciated.

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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:


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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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