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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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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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The most dangerous mission in history 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 | 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Universal Pictures film to use IMAX cameras. See more »

Goofs

The interiors of the various spacecraft are shown as slightly grubby, with the appearance of grime and fingerprints. Actual spacecraft are kept scrupulously clean to reduce the possibility of floating debris causing an equipment failure. See more »

Quotes

Janet Armstrong: It'll be an adventure.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the closing credits, the music is replaced by radio chatter from the mission. See more »

Connections

Featured in First Man: Putting You in the Seat (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Pledging My Love
Written by Don D. Robey, Ferdinand Washington
Performed by Johnny Ace
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Continuously shaky camera work and up close camera positioning hindered this film
12 October 2018 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

Director/Writer Damien Chapelle successfully wore both hats in his 2016 "La La Land" and 2014 "Whiplash" endeavores. However, in "First Man," where he carries only the director title, his presentation is hindered and overburdened by continuous and unnecessary shaky camera work and countless close-ups. While the tumble and shaking within the capsule provides a first-hand up-close and personal space travel experience, the moving camera rarely stops, and its proximity to the actors/action makes watching the film difficult and/or hard to understand what is being presented on screen. Ryan Gosling ("La La Land") is young engineer/test pilot/astronaut Neil Armstrong (1961-1969), determined to do what it takes to be the best. At home, his wife Janet (Claire Foy "The Crown" TV) is holding their lives together, especially following a family tragedy. As we progress toward the first walk on the moon, Armstrong must weather several fellow astronaut deaths, distancing himself from himself and those around him. Claire Foy does a nice job with the little she is given, proving the women behind the astronaut is as much a part of the space travel experience as their husbands. The film has a terrific ensemble cast (Jason Clarke "Zero Dart Thirty," Kyle Chandler "Friday Night Lights," "Shea Whigham "Waco," Corey Stoll "House of Cards", Lukas Haas "Witness," to name a few). Yet, the on screen personas of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll) that writers Josh Singer and James R. Hansen (whose book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" the film is based upon) present are very contradictory to the personas many may know, and ultimately hurt the production. The space race between the US and USSR is given its due here, and the first space docking and the various space tragedies experienced are well represented. I really enjoyed the footage of the Moon's surface, if in fact that was actual real footage. Now, if only proven Executive Producer Steven Spielberg would have taken a strong role in the films overall presentation, "First Man" could have been a more successful production.


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