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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.

Director:

Damien Chazelle

Writers:

Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)
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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 ... Elliott See
Christopher Abbott ... Dave Scott
Ciarán Hinds ... Bob Gilruth
Olivia Hamilton ... Pat White
Pablo Schreiber ... Jim 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 »


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

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Country:

USA

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:

$17,318,735, 15 October 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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After extensive research on the history of NASA, Damien Chazelle initiated operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and Johnson Space Center in Houston. The same goes for the cast of astronauts who followed a training camp. See more »

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In the last meal before the Apollo 11 crew heads into space, Neil Armstrong is shown eating but using the European style, which is used in Europe and practically everywhere else in which the fork is held in the left hand and brought up to the mouth tines down. Americans, by contrast, switch their fork from their left hand to the right and brought to the mouth with tines pointing up. Ryan Gosling, who plays Armstrong, is Canadian but didn't fully adopt American ways for the movie. See more »

Quotes

Deke Slayton: We've got this under control.
Janet Armstrong: You're a bunch of boys making models out of balsa wood! You don't have anything under control!
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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (RIGHT DOWN SANTA CLAUSE LANE)
Written by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman (as Oakley Haideman)
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Silly Camera work from the school of JJ Camera Shake
14 October 2018 | by mightybadguySee all my reviews

Well, I saw this film for free because of having friends in the editing industry so that was a plus! However as films go this missed the mark. A bit slow paced, overly melodramatic mid section, poor acting and that dreadfully overused camera-shake that just did not work. Sorry but I really would of felt ripped off had a paid for this film. Now this film has apparently garnered some controversy because due to leaving out many important references to the nationalist aspect of the mission. We all know why it was left out and that is to wash away any sense of American nationalistic feeling. One of the big differences in films today vs 30+ years ago is the lack of nationalism in films. Nationalism is something the Hollywood elite seems to despise and as such this film is no exception. To leave out the placement of the US flag on the moon was absolutely ridiculous. Why...because anyone growing up in that time can tell you the sense of pride as a people and a nation we had. These guys were national and world heros in every sense of the word. Everything back then had the US flag on it! Every moon landing LEGO set ( I still have mine) has a US flag to set. Having grown up where the Grumman plants were many of our parents worked there. My uncle and a number of my friends fathers worked on the Lem project. I used to get stickers and models given to me these people and they all had US flags on it! This was a very American project and a competition with the Soviets to see who would be the leader in space technology, the USA won that and we were very proud!! To leave that aspect of the film is historically and emotionally inaccurate of the project and of the time. Clearly this was THOUGHTFULLY left out to espouse more globalism over nationalism but unfortunately the film was poor regardless. I wonder of the producer/director of this film knows that much of the technology and management of the Apollo missions, Russian space missions and general rocket propulsion came from Germany and that the Apollo project was in part headed by Wernher Von Braun. "Apollo program director Sam Phillips was quoted as saying that he did not think that the United States would have reached the Moon as quickly as it did without von Braun's help. Later, after discussing it with colleagues, he amended this to say that he did not believe the United States would have reached the Moon at all" Hey Hollywood, many of us are really tired of the reboots, the poor casting, acting, silly CG, sequels and remakes. Modern films depict a dearth of creativity, perhaps due to lack of corporate risk taking or maybe constrained group thinking on the part of like minded politically correct drones.?? Whatever the reason please try to find your way back to making truly great and engrossing films on every level. This certainly was not it!


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