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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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Billy Mitchell ...
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Christopher-Robin Street ...
Luke Keltie ...
Naomi Wright ...
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Beverley Dunn ...
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Grant Thompson ...
Bille Brown ...
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Kevin Harrington ...
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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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Based on the true story of what we didn't see. 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) (18 March 2001)

Gross:

$2,252,970 (USA) (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

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

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.31 (2016) 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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A great story
23 June 2004 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

With "The Dish" & their previous effort "The Castle", the Working Dog crew show their innate ability to tell a great story.

The direction, cinematography, the music & the acting are all A+ quality, but for mine that is not the strength of "The Dish". The main strength of this film is it's story, a beautifully told, heartwarming story about one of the most memorable moments in history & the role a small town in middle-of-nowhere Australia & its citizens played in this event.

For those who see "The Dish" on DVD, check out the directors commentary with Rob Sitch. In this commentary, Sitch shows himself to be a very thoughtful & intelligent director, which may surprise those who see him as the big mouth from "The Panel"


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