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Hidden Figures (2016)

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The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.



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Young Katherine Coleman
Mrs. Joylette Coleman


As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Talentos ocultos  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,499, 25 December 2016, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Pharrell Williams also oversaw all musical elements, and the soundtrack. See more »


When a state trooper arrives to escort the ladies to town, in a 1964 Ford Galaxie police car, a character remarks that is 1961. See more »


Levi Jackson: Civil rights ain't always civil.
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Referenced in Timeless: Space Race (2016) See more »


Written by Pharrell Williams
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige performs courtesy of Matriarch/Capitol Records
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Propaganda Meets Pavlov the Dog
14 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Every scene within this "film" was finely tuned, most likely by a focus group to trigger the desired uplifting emotional response. I left the movie theater with a uplifting feeling and then about five minutes later I realized that I was had tricked and duped. I was played for a sucker because I had drooled on cue just like Pavlov's dog.

I am positively sure in retrospect that events, people, fact, time, effort, and proportion were all distorted and sacrificed to produce propaganda.

When I dug a bit deeper to find out more about this story it came to light that the book on which this "movie" was based was sponsored by a major nonprofit corporation, the Alfred P. Sloan Fund for Research.

NASA, during the Mercury project, had thousands of talented employees who will ever remain "invisible figures," to them this movie does an injustice.

The people I saw the movie with will never know that they were had by a propaganda piece.

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