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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
In real life Neil 'Fox' Mason - the character represented by Russ 'Mitch' Mitchell in the movie - never got to see the moonwalk pictures live. He was too busy keeping the windswept dish pointed at the moon. See more »
Young Billy repeatedly refers to the Apollo launch vehicle as the 'Saturn V rocket' (pronouncing it as in the letter). The 'V' was the Roman numeral for 5 and was always pronounced as the number. See more »
Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Right well, I'll wander out then.
Well worth it. Some amazing times.
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The producers acknowledge the valuable assistance of the staff at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory and Visitors Centre, the Council and people of Parkes, New South Wales, and the Council and people of Forbes, New South Wales. See more »
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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