First Man

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  133 min.
In theatres: October 12, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.58
based on 178 votes and 65 reviews
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Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas, Pablo Schreiber, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham


The story of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Years before Apollo 11 first touched ground on the moon, superior engineer Neil Armstrong catches the attention of NASA, which is looking for pilots with excellent backgrounds in engineering. He’s recruited as an astronaut and moves his wife Jan (Claire Foy) and their family to Houston, where he embarks on his new career for his country.

The Cold War ignites a rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union, and a race ensues to see which country will be the first to send a man to the moon. America set its sights on achieving the lunar landing before the end of the decade and Armstrong is tasked with commanding the mission. However, this trip is not without its risks, and as the launch date looms closer, Armstrong must fight to ignore the catastrophic danger and growing doubts that surround this impossible goal.

Based on the 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Ryan Gosling was born and raised in London, Ontario

Director: Damien Chazelle
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Isaac Klausner
Screenplay: Josh Singer
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  • 5 stars "Should be 6 stars. A great presentation of behind the scenes at NASA and also the personal life of the astronauts."
  • 5 stars ".....a must see...."
  • 5 stars "Excellent movie. It brought back memories as I remember watching the actual event on TV when I was young."