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

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

The moon phase during the Apollo 11 landing was first quarter, the full moon shots shown in the film wouldn't have been what anyone saw day. Also, being a first quarter, at the time of the landings (almost 10 pm Houston time) the moon was invisible from North America. Australia was the only place that could receive the pictures of the first steps on the moon. See more »

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The young army cadet Keith is seen practicing his rifle drill, using the "Slope Arms" position. Slope Arms was replaced by "Shoulder Arms" in the mid'60s with the introduction of the SLR rifle and was no longer used by Australian Army Cadets in 1969, despite them still using .303 rifles 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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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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Referenced in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) See more »

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Classical Gas
(1968)
Written by Mason Williams
© Weems Music
Used by permission of Rondor Music Australia
Performed by Mason Williams
Produced under license from Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An opportunity to use the word "nice" in a positive way.
13 October 2000 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

As with all "true story" movies, I have no idea how much of this is actually true - particularly in relation to the crises just before the actual moonwalk. But frankly, I don't care, because "The Dish" as a movie is a splendid experience.

Being heavily promoted as "from the makers of 'The Castle' " may get a few extra punters in the door - particularly here in Australia where the exploits of the Working Dog team are rightly well known and loved; but those expecting "The Castle 2" will be in for a surprise.

But a pleasant one. This film is much more ambitious, much larger in scope. As is to be expected, the writing here is very sharp - a likeable group of characters are defined very well very quickly, the simple plot flows smoothly, and there is a constant stream of funny (and some downright hilarious) moments. Much of the humour is distinctly Aussie, and much of it arises from the culture clash between the locals and the visiting Americans. Yet despite this, the film does not stoop to the level of "Ocker cliché" which plagues several other Australian films. There is a core of simple humanity here which makes it very engaging. It is for this reason also that I think the film will play very well in other countries.

The cast is also very impressive, from the habitually sound Sam Neill, who projects an immense dignity, and Patrick Warburton as the pressured NASA official sent to oversee the operation, right down to the Mayor's son, reeling off technical details of the spacecraft to his bemused dad. It is a credit to the cast, and to Rob Sitch as a director that I was rarely aware that I was watching a film, I was simply drawn into the experience.

Those, like me, who wanted to be an Astronaut when they were little, and maintained an interest in the space program, will enjoy seeing the famous footage again in a new light. Those looking for a comedy will find many laughs herein. Those curious to understand the nature of being Australian will find some clues. And those just looking for a film to make them feel good could do much much worse. In short, "The Dish" is one of those rare movies which will appeal to pretty much everyone. I can't really think of any serious criticisms, and left the cinema feeling... well, "nice". I have no doubt it will play well in Australia, but I also hope it does well overseas too, in the US and elsewhere. I'd recommend it to everyone I know, and everyone else.

When this one comes out on DVD I'll be getting a copy, and it'll be going straight to the pool room!


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