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The new Neil Armstrong Movie "First Man"
Sep 7, 2018 at 03:35 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • First Man is a 2018 American biographical drama film about astronaut Neil Armstrong, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen.
  • The film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, and chronicles the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.
  • First Man premiered on August 29th at the Venice Film Festival, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 12th by Universal Pictures.
  • Last week, it was reported that the film would not include a scene of Armstrong and Aldrin planting the American flag on the Moon. This has sparked a wave of criticism, most notably from some Republican politicians.
  • Senator Marco Rubio described the omission as "total lunacy." President Trump commented: "It's unfortunate. It’s almost like they’re embarrassed at the achievement coming from America, I think it’s a terrible thing."
  • The Armstrong family released a statement saying "We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest.”

Food For Thought

Should the filmmakers of First Man have included a scene portraying Armstrong and Aldrin planting the American flag on the moon? How significant is this decision?

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