First Man is a 2018 American epic biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle.

Official trailers

Universal Pictures on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 released the trailer:
First Man - Official Trailer #3 .

Story intro

In 1961, NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is flying the X-15 rocket-powered spaceplane when it inadvertently bounces off the atmosphere. Although he manages to land the plane in the Mojave Desert, his colleagues express concern that his recent record of mishaps is due to distraction, and he is grounded. His two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Karen, is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Desperate to save her, Armstrong keeps a detailed log of her symptoms and feverishly tries to find possible treatments, but she dies soon afterwards. Grief-stricken, Armstrong applies for Project Gemini and is accepted to NASA Astronaut Group 2. Armstrong, his wife Janet, and their son Rick move to Houston alongside other astronaut families. Armstrong befriends Elliot See, another civilian test pilot, and Ed White. As Armstrong begins training, Deke Slayton impresses upon the new astronauts the importance of the Gemini program, as the Soviet Union had reached every milestone in the Space Race ahead of the United States. Armstrong and Janet have a second son, Mark. By 1965, the family has settled in Houston, and Armstrong awaits selection for a crew. After the Soviets complete the first extravehicular activity (EVA), Armstrong is informed that he will be the commander of Gemini 8, with David Scott as the pilot. Prior to the mission, See and Charles Bassett are killed in a T-38 crash, deepening Armstrong's grief at the string of recent losses. Armstrong and Scott successfully launch on Gemini 8, and dock with the Agena target vehicle, but soon afterward, the spacecraft begins to roll at a rapid rate. After nearly blacking out, Armstrong activates the RCS thrusters and safely aborts the mission. Armstrong initially faces criticism, but NASA determines the crew is not at fault. Later, White reveals that he has been selected for the Apollo 1 mission along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee.


Ryan Gosling
Neil Armstrong, the astronaut
Claire Foy
Janet Shearon Armstrong, Neil's first wife
Jason Clarke
Ed White, Neil's friend and neighbor, the first American to walk in space
Kyle Chandler
Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts
Corey Stoll
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon during Apollo 11
Gavin Warren
Rick Armstrong, son of Neil Armstrong and brother of Mark Armstrong
Pablo Schreiber
Jim Lovell, Gemini astronaut and backup commander on Armstrong's Apollo 11 mission
Christopher Abbott
David Scott
Patrick Fugit
Elliot See, a member of NASA Astronaut Group 2
Lukas Haas
Michael Collins, the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11
Shea Whigham
Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts
Brian d'Arcy James
Joseph A. Walker, Armstrong's fellow X-15 test pilot
Cory Michael Smith
Roger B. Chaffee, capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 missions, and the third crew member
J. D. Evermore
Christopher C. Kraft Jr., NASA's first Flight Director
John David Whalen
John Glenn, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts
Ethan Embry
Pete Conrad, Pilot of Gemini 5 and backup commander for Gemini 8
Skyler Bible
Richard F. Gordon Jr., the backup pilot for Gemini 8 and pilot of Gemini 11
Ben Owen
John Hodge, the NASA Flight Director in charge of Gemini 8
Olivia Hamilton
Patricia White, Ed's wife
Kris Swanberg
Marilyn See, Elliot's wife
Ciarán Hinds
Robert R. Gilruth, the first director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center
Shawn Eric Jones
Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the ninth person to travel to space
William Gregory Lee
Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts
Steve Coulter
Günter Wendt, the launch pad leader
Leon Bridges
Gil Scott-Heron, a singer and poet


Principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2017.

The film First Man was scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on August 29, 2018 (Venice), on October 11, 2018 (Czech Republic), on October 12, 2018 (United States) and on November 8, 2018 (Germany).

The duration of the film is 141 minutes. With a budget of $70 million (gross), $59 million (net), the film grossed over $105.7 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


First Man got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: First Man (film)

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