PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
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.
American flag controversy: On August 31, 2018, it was reported that the film would not include a scene of Armstrong and Aldrin planting the American flag on the Moon. Florida Senator Marco Rubio described the omission as "total lunacy". Damien Chazelle responded with a statement, saying: "I show the American flag standing on the lunar surface, but the flag being physically planted into the surface is one of several moments (...) that I chose not to focus upon. To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no. My goal with this movie was to share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America's mission to the Moon." Following the film's below-expectations opening of $16 million, some analysts speculated that the flag controversy was in part to blame.
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
The film makes it seem that there was an enormous amount of public sentiment against the Apollo program. As there were many great social issues on the mind of the public at the time, there definitely were some who were against it, but they were, without question, clearly in the minority. The majority of Americans were strongly in support of it. The public view was so positive that due to the social turmoil, the riots, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the ratcheting up of Vietnam, racism, and so-on was so intense that the moon landing has been described as "the event that saved the sixties."
There are no opening credits.
$16,006,065 (USA) (14 October 2018)
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