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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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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

Although shown as such out the window of the antenna control room, the Moon was never full during the Apollo 11 mission. 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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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 At the Movies: Episode #9.1 (2012) See more »

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Something In The Air
(1969)
Written by John Keen
© Fabulous Music Ltd, Westminster Music Ltd
Used by permission of Essex Music Australia
Performed by Thunderclap Newman
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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A thoroughly enjoyable movie
21 May 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This offering from the makers of The Castle far exceeds its predecessor in every way. Where The Castle verged on the hysterical, The Dish is laid back and in most instances avoids turning its characters into caricatures.

Just how much of the story is true is doubtful. Not the general facts-for Parkes certainly did feature greatly in the transmission of pictures from space in the first moon landing. As one who was around at the time - and yes - we did sit glued to our TV sets - I remember very well just how much the experience took over our lives.

Whether or not the actual story is true, the movie is greatly entertaining, the characters are believable and it gives to today's cynical viewers and idea of just how completely overawed and interested the world was in what was going on in outer space. I really recommend it as a gentle, humorous enjoyable movie.


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