First Man is a 2018 American 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 2 1/2-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 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
Patrick Fugit
Elliot See, partnered with Armstrong as backup crew for Gemini 5
Christopher Abbott
Dave Scott
Ciarán Hinds
Bob Gilruth, the first director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center
Olivia Hamilton
Pat White, Ed's wife
Pablo Schreiber
Jim Lovell, Gemini astronaut and backup commander on Armstrong's Apollo 11 mission
Shea Whigham
Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts
Lukas Haas
Mike Collins, the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11
Ethan Embry
Pete Conrad, Pilot of Gemini 5 and backup commander for Gemini 8
Brian d'Arcy James
Joe Walker, Armstrong's fellow X-15 test pilot
Cory Michael Smith
Roger Chaffee, capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 and Gemini 4 missions, and the third crew member
J.D. Evermore
Christopher C. Kraft Jr., aerospace engineer, NASA engineer and manager
Steve Coulter
Günter Wendt was a German-American mechanical engineer, he was in charge of the close-out crews at the launch pad during the whole Mercury and Project Gemini
Skyler Bible
Richard F. Gordon Jr., naval officer and NASA astronaut during the Project Gemini and Apollo program.Pilot of Gemini 11, alongside Pete Conrad
William Gregory Lee
Gordon Cooper, aerospace engineer, NASA astronaut, test pilot, United States Airforce pilot
Choppy Guillotte
John Young, astronaut, naval officer, aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer
Kris Swanberg
Marilyn See, Elliot's wife
Connor Colton Blodgett
Mark Armstrong, son of Neil and Janet
Gavin Warren
younger Rick Armstrong, son of Neil and Janet
Luke Winters
older Rick Armstrong, son of Neil and Janet
Leon Bridges
Gil Scott-Heron, musician, knowing primarily for as a spoken-word performer


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

The film First Man was scheduled to be released on August 29, 2018 (Venice), on October 11, 2018 (Czech Republic), on October 12, 2018 (United States) and on November 8, 2018 (Germany) by CinemArt, Columbia Pictures, Finnkino, Forum Film Bulgaria, Ro Image 2000, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE).

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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