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The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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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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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Antena  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,252,970 (USA) (6 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

The dish that was filmed in the movie is the up to date version of the radio telescope, with a larger diameter white portion in the center of the dish. The dish in the original old black and white photos behind Mayor Bob and the Prime Minister in the hallway had a much smaller white center portion to the dish antenna. 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

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 »

Connections

References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Guitar Heaven
Written by Peter Sullivan
Performed by Peter Sullivan, Danny Sullivan, Andrew Swan,
Tony Naylor, Reg Walsh, Steve Allan, Ian Bell
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A great feel-good comedy.
20 April 2003 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

This film was extremely hard for me to get into, but once I got interested, I couldn't turn away. The performances were great the story was pleasantly refreshing. After I had seen the small town Irish comedy WAKING NED DEVINE, I was in the mood for feel-good comedies. THE DISH was the next best thing. But, as it turns out, I liked THE DISH far better.

It is a small town comedy set in a rural Australian town during the days preceeding the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, it brought everyone on the Earth together. This film gives an idea as to what it must have been like to see that experience.

The film was a greatly pleasant movie and I was totally delighted to have a film as heartwarming and truly great as this. Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Patrick Warburton (SCREAM 3, BIG TROUBLE) who I feel are both very good actors take the leading roles of this delightful movie experience. Surely a film that you will want to watch over and over again. I recommend OCTOBER SKY and WAKING NED DEVINE.

THE DISH: 5/5.


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