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The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 4 May 2001 (USA)
A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Mitchell ...
Cameron
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Miss Nolan
Christopher-Robin Street ...
Damien
Luke Keltie ...
Graeme
Naomi Wright ...
Melanie
Ben Wright-Smith ...
Nicholas
Beverley Dunn ...
Secretary (voice)
Grant Thompson ...
Mr. Callen
Bille Brown ...
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Newspaper Reporter
Kevin Harrington ...
Tom Long ...
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Storyline

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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As Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, our only link was a satellite dish in rural Australia with a few bugs (And a few hundred sheep). See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Antena  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,612, 18 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,252,970, 8 July 2001
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Trivia

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 »

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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning Starshine
(1966)
Written by Galt MacDermot / Gerome Ragni (lyrics) / James Rado (lyrics)
© 1966 EMI U Catalog Inc.
All rights administered by EMI Catalogue Partnership Australia Pty Limited
Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited
Performed by Oliver, (The London Cast of Hair)
© EMI Records Ltd
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music of Australia
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One small step for man, one giant leap for Parkes.
5 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"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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