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The Dish (2000)

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A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

Director:

Rob Sitch

Writers:

Santo Cilauro (conceived and written by), Tom Gleisner (conceived and written by) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Cliff Buxton
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Cameron
Roz Hammond ... Miss Nolan
Christopher-Robin Street Christopher-Robin Street ... Damien
Luke Keltie Luke Keltie ... Graeme
Naomi Wright Naomi Wright ... Melanie
Ben Wright-Smith Ben Wright-Smith ... Nicholas
Beverley Dunn Beverley Dunn ... Secretary (voice)
Grant Thompson Grant Thompson ... Mr. Callen
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Prime Minister
Bernard Curry ... Newspaper Reporter
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ... Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell
Tom Long Tom Long ... Glenn Latham
Patrick Warburton ... Al Burnett
Roy Billing ... Mayor Robert 'Bob' McIntyre
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Storyline

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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As Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, our only link was a satellite dish in rural Australia with a few bugs (And a few hundred sheep). See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antena See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,612, 18 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,252,970, 8 July 2001
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In real life Neil 'Fox' Mason - the character represented by Russ 'Mitch' Mitchell in the movie - never got to see the moonwalk pictures live. He was too busy keeping the windswept dish pointed at the moon. 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

References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

A Taste of Honey
(1962)
Written by Bobby Scott / Ric Marlow
© 1962 Songfest Music Corp., 1950 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
Sole selling agent George Pincus & Sons Music Corp.
International copyright secured, made in USA
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited
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Very enjoyable
16 September 2000 | by SammyKSee all my reviews

"The Dish" is a real crowd pleaser, which surpassed my initial expectations. I guess you could say that it falls into that little genre of world cinema known as the "regional comedy." Such examples might include "Cinema Paradiso" or "The Full Monty." It looks, quite lovingly, at the lives of several characters and their environment, providing subtle humour and a healthy dose of sentiment as well. What makes this film particularly interesting is its take on the first moon landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. While usually covered in an American jingoistic mode of filmmaking, "The Dish" offers a fresh, outside perspective. How did the world view it? How were Americans viewed? The detached perspective of the Australians is the source of much humour within the film, culminating in a few scenes where the responsibility of providing a relay signal from Apollo 11 to Houston is placed fully upon the small band of dish operators in rural Australia. Perhaps the most profound thing about this film is that it is largely based on a true story.

With an all-round solid cast, led by Sam Neill and Tom Long.


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