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
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station south of Canberra had a 26m dish and is referred to during the movie. It was actually Honeysuckle which supplied the first 8 minutes of footage of the moon landing before Parkes took over. You can see the flicker on the screen if you watch the original footage as they change receiving dishes. Sadly little is left of Honeysuckle TS which also controlled Skylab. 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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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 »
One small step for man, one giant leap for Parkes.
"The Dish" tells of a small group of people who operated a giant radio telescope in Parkes, NSW, Australia which captured the weak signals from the Apollo 11 1969 lunar landing and moon walk with its behemoth parabolic reflector. A light hearted and fun romp involving the scientists and the townsfolk, all buoyed by pride over their big dish and involvement with the historical NASA mission, "The Dish" relies heavily on the viewers sense of awe and nostalgia as the "...Giant leap for mankind" is taken. A easy-going and somewhat austere film which manages a subtle and lovely sense of humor and heart, "The Dish" will have broad appeal but should play best with those who remember July 20, 1969. (B)
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