A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.


Tom Harper


Richard Holmes (inspired by the book 'Falling Upwards' by), Tom Harper (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Amelia Wren
Vincent Perez ... Pierre Rennes
Phoebe Fox ... Antonia
Lewin Lloyd ... Charlie
Himesh Patel ... John Trew
Eddie Redmayne ... James Glaisher
Robert Glenister ... Ned Chambers
Tim McInnerny ... Airy
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Charles Green
Tom Courtenay ... Arthur Glaisher
Anne Reid ... Ethel Glaisher
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ... Poppy
Rebecca Front ... Aunt Frances
Elsa Alili ... Antonia's Daughter
Connie Price Connie Price ... Antonia's Daughter

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In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) teams up with daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world, they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some peril and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Henry Coxwell was 43 at the time of the actual record breaking flight in 1862 and James Glaisher was 53. The pair were 7 and 16 years older, respectively, than Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne who portray them in the film. A report in The Daily Telegraph quotes Keith Moore, Head of Library at the Royal Society (Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge), as saying, "It's a great shame that Henry [Coxwell] isn't portrayed because he performed very well and saved the life of a leading scientist". See more »


The supposedly wise old men of the scientific society maintain that rain is just something which happens at random, as though a rain cloud mysteriously pops into existence, drops its cargo of water, then just as mysteriously pops out again.

However, people who live by a clifftop have always known that a cloud can be seen coming from many hours away, sailing above a moving patch of sea roughened by raindrops. See more »


Amelia Wren: So, you didn't have room for oils, but you did for brandy?
James Glaisher: Well, a scientist is nothing without his equipment.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, many of the Os in people's names slowly rise, as if symbolizing a balloon elevating. See more »


Home to You
Written by Sigrid (as Sigrid Solbakk Raabe) & Steve Mac
Performed by Sigrid
Courtesy of Island Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Fun, Entertaining, fictitious.
23 December 2019 | by Mortis-1See all my reviews

While this does not hold to established history, it does show a fun view of what ballooning in the 1800's might have been like. An entertaining distraction for an evening.

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Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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