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The Dish (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  27 April 2001 (USA)
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A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

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In the days before the July 19, 1969 space mission that marked humankind's first steps on the moon, NASA was working with a group of Australian technicians who had agreed to rig up a satellite interface. That the Aussies placed the satellite dish smack dab in the middle of an Australian sheep farm in the boondocks town of Parkes was just one of the reasons that NASA was concerned. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a smart, witty, comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while revisiting one of the greatest events in history. Written by Anonymous

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Antena  »

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Opening Weekend:

£218,114 (UK) (11 May 2001)

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$2,252,970 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Trivia

This movie is actually based on a true story, the name of the real director of the Parkes antenna was Dr. John Bolton. See more »

Goofs

When the antenna was moved for the first track, during the segment where the machinery was shown starting, two labels "STOWED" and "FREE" were shown. These are modern (Brother brand) P-Touch labels. See more »

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[first lines]
Worker: Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Cliff Buxton: I'm sorry...
Worker: Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Cliff Buxton: Right well, I'll wander out then.
Worker: Well worth it. Some amazing times.
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Crazy Credits

John Glenn (III), Neil Armstrong (I), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (II) are credited by announcers in the flashback preceeding the Apollo 11 flight. See more »

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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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A Taste of Honey
(1962)
Written by Bobby Scott / Ric Marlow
© 1962 Songfest Music Corp., 1950 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
Sole selling agent George Pincus & Sons Music Corp.
International copyright secured, made in USA
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited
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A thoroughly enjoyable movie
21 May 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This offering from the makers of The Castle far exceeds its predecessor in every way. Where The Castle verged on the hysterical, The Dish is laid back and in most instances avoids turning its characters into caricatures.

Just how much of the story is true is doubtful. Not the general facts-for Parkes certainly did feature greatly in the transmission of pictures from space in the first moon landing. As one who was around at the time - and yes - we did sit glued to our TV sets - I remember very well just how much the experience took over our lives.

Whether or not the actual story is true, the movie is greatly entertaining, the characters are believable and it gives to today's cynical viewers and idea of just how completely overawed and interested the world was in what was going on in outer space. I really recommend it as a gentle, humorous enjoyable movie.


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