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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 ... Elliott See
Christopher Abbott ... Dave Scott
Ciarán Hinds ... Bob Gilruth
Olivia Hamilton ... Pat White
Pablo Schreiber ... Jim 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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6 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Aufbruch zum Mond 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:

$21,435,050, 18 October 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Armstrong's famous quote as he stepped on the moon is the subject of historical controversy. The movie quotes accurately what was heard on Earth and in all recordings: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong later revealed that he intended to say "... one small step for [A] man ..." and that he thought he did, but all efforts to extract this from the recording, even with electronics, have been inconclusive. See more »

Goofs

Armstrong is shown being introduced to Buzz Aldrin and Roger Chaffee in August 1965 as though he hadn't met them before. They had actually been selected into the space program in October 1963 so Armstrong would have known them quite well by then. In the same conversation he is told that Dave Scott has been assigned to be his pilot on Gemini 8. Scott was in the same astronaut group as Aldrin and Chaffee. See more »

Quotes

Deke Slayton: We've got this under control.
Janet Armstrong: You're a bunch of boys making models out of balsa wood! You don't have anything under control!
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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

Referenced in Entertainment Tonight Canada: 06-11-2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

LUNAR RHAPSODY
Written by Harry Revel
Performed by Samuel Hoffman (as Dr. Samuel J Hoffman) feat. Les Baxter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Incredibly Moving, Visually Stunning, and Simply Breathtaking.
5 September 2018 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this fantastic movie at a small film festival in Oregon and it was a wonderful cinematic experience. A Visually stunning story of one of the great achievements of humanity. The science is fascinating and the effort behind that science is paid a wonderful tribute. The journey to the moon is as much a spiritual one as a human achievement. The men who made that trip are portrayed in all their humanness and incredible dedication. This is indeed a patriotic film and despite some controversy regarding not depicting the planting of the flag on the moon, flags are everywhere in the movie and the flag is certainly shown at the landing site. There is no doubt this was an American accomplishment and that is clearly celebrated. The inexplicable controversy about the U.S. flag is one of those contrived internet stinks from fringe elements who have never seen the film. It would be a tragedy to allow such nonsense to savage a film that is so inspiring and emotionally satisfying. This is a spectacular, exciting, stunning film and it should be seen by everyone as a reminder of the beauty of what happened in July, 1969.


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