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Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | | Drama | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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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 Vaughn, 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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$61,889,939 (USA) (16 January 2017)
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One of the ways that Katherine experiences workplace discrimination is when her coworkers require her to use a separate coffee pot. Whenever the office's coffee area is shown, the brand of coffee that they use, Chock full o'Nuts, is also visible. The use of this brand in the context of segregation is historically interesting, since in 1957, Chock full o'Nuts was one of the first major New York corporations to hire a black executive as a corporate vice-president--and the man they hired, retired baseball legend Jackie Robinson, had himself been the first person to break the color barrier in professional baseball. See more »

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When the three women's car has broken down, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) says the problem is that the starter is out. A starter's not working wouldn't cause a car to break down, just make it unable to start. When they leave work later that night, the car starts just fine. See more »

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Al Harrison: Here at NASA we all pee the same color.
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Referenced in Timeless: Space Race (2016) See more »

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Multiple really good scenes, and no bad ones!
11 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'HIDDEN FIGURES': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The critically acclaimed biographical comedy-drama, from director Theodore Melfi (who also helmed 2014's 'ST. VINCENT'). Melfi also co-wrote the screenplay, with first time feature screenwriter Allison Schroeder, and it's based on the book (of the same name) by Margot Lee Shetterly. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali and Glen Powell. It tells the true story of the brilliant African- American mathematician Katherine Johnson, and her two colleagues, who helped John Glenn become the first American to completely orbit the Earth (while they worked segregated at Langley). The movie has received almost unanimously rave reviews from critics, and it's a hit at the Box Office. I really enjoyed it as well.

The film takes places in the 1960s; at a time when America was desperately trying to get ahead in the 'Space Race' with the Soviet Union. Katherine Johnson (Henson), and her two friends, Mary Jackson (Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), worked at Langley; in the segregated West Area Computers division. Despite dealing with heavy racism, and the lack of true credit for their work, the three women helped John Glenn (Powell) become the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of Earth. This movie passionately tells their little known story.

The film has multiple really good scenes in it; that are extremely emotional, inspiring and quite moving. The performances are all really good; especially Henson, Monae and Costner (Costner is a great actor, he should be getting a lot more work). While the movie is really well made, and very touching, it's still just a little too Hollywood manufactured for me. Melfi is a very talented filmmaker though ('ST. VINCENT' is a really good movie as well), he just needs the studios to let him have complete creative freedom of his work. It's almost a truly great film, but not quite.

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