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The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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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Man's first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Antena  »

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Opening Weekend:

$70,612 (USA) (16 March 2001)

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

Parkes technicians sometimes do take a ride on the moving dish, as Cliff explains in the film. However, the scene depicting the Parkes crew playing cricket on the dish, while filmed on location on the actual dish, is a fictional scenario. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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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 »

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Referenced in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) See more »

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Magic Carpet Ride
Written by John Kay / Rushton Moreve
Duchess Music Corp./Universal Music Publishing Pty Limited
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc
Under license from Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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What a Pleasant Surprise...
7 April 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Once and a while a true surprise comes along. A film that is pleasantly surprising and enjoyable. Well, that's what "The Dish" is. It never takes itself too serious and never takes itself too lightly. It is just right.

It is centered around the true story of the largest satellite dish in the world, found in the middle of a sheep paddock in Australia. The dish, at one time, broadcast the Apollo 11 moon landing to the world, and this is the story of the problems the men who ran the dish went through.

Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton lead the group of four that manage the dish; the characters are all nice and pleasant and likable. No one is unlikable in this film.

Sam Neill is a great actor; I've liked him in films since "Dead Calm," but my real respect for his performances rose after he brought Dr. Allen Grant to life in "Jurassic Park."

Patrick Warburton, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated comedic actors in Hollywood. He always gets throwaway roles ("MIIB," "Big Trouble,"=etc...), but in this film he gets a leading role (sorta) and handles it excellently. He proves he really can act--serious or comedic--in films.

One thing that is so nice about "The Dish" is that it doesn't try to really prove anything extremely memorable. It's not trying to be the next big hit. It sticks to the facts while presenting some great actors and a twist of humor. And because of this, it is, possibly, one of the most pleasant film experiences I've had in recent years. Sometimes it's nice to sit back, relax and just watch a movie.


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