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Hidden Figures (2016)

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Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


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

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Les figures de l'ombre  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$515,499 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$84,238,751 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Several of the control console props in the Mercury Mission Control set were originally built for the Mission Control Room set for Apollo 13 (1995). They were modified for use in the later films, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015). See more »

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Speaking of Yuri Gegarin's orbital flight, the TV announces the flight time in UTC ("Coordinated Universal Time", with French initials). However, UTC had barely been invented in 1961, and was not yet called UTC. See more »

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Al Harrison: So, er, do you think we'll get to the moon?
Katherine Johnson: We're already there, sir.
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Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me
Written by Louis Palmer
Performed by Wynonie Harris
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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It made for an old-fashioned movie going experience...
22 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA on the Mercury program in the early 1960s. Solid performances by all, some laugh-out-loud scenes, and some very emotional moments. It's also an important look back at the civil rights issues of the time period. The climax is a bit Apollo 13ish, and I'm fairly certain some scenes were embellished, but who cares. You should walk away from this film smiling, maybe even a bit choked up.

You don't need to understand the mathematics to enjoy the film, but I admit, it was fun to hear some concepts I haven't heard since my college days.

The theater was almost full, with people of all ages. I was particularly happy to see some kids there, as there is much for them to take away from this film.

Twice during the movie the audience broke into applause, and then applauded at the end credits as well. I don't recall the last time I heard that at a film. And most importantly - I did not see a cell phone light up the whole time. Truly a miracle, and highly recommended.


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