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The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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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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Houston's other problem. See more »

Genres:

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is actually based on a true story, the name of the real director of the Parkes antenna was Dr. John Bolton. See more »

Goofs

During the Apollo 11 launch the sound is incorrectly synchronized to the pictures. In actuality engine ignition started T minus 6 seconds so that the engines would be at full power at zero. Here the ignition is incorrectly shown as occurring at T 0. 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

John Glenn (III), Neil Armstrong (I), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (II) are credited by announcers in the flashback preceeding the Apollo 11 flight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wings of an Eagle
Written by Russell Morris
Performed by Russell Morris
© EMI Music Australia
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Australia
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Aussie humour at its finest, in a gentle, joyful piece of comedy.
10 July 2001 | by 0rbita1See all my reviews

At a time when the comedy genre is saturated with the crude, lewd and unsophisticated toilet humour of the U.S ('See Spot Run', 'The Animal', 'Say It Isn't So'), it's encouraging to watch a film that really makes you laugh out loud without wanting to cringe at the same time. Like it's antipodean predecessor 'Priscilla...', 'The Dish' takes the best aspects of Australian culture and the Aussie persona and uses them to create the finest comedy of the year so far. Much of the humour is brutally honest, delivered in the kind of relaxed, conversational style which has become an Aussie trademark. Paired with a homegrown cast (headed by a wonderfully understated Sam Neill) and filmed on location at the satellite receiver station in South Australia, the film feels refreshingly natural and unconstructed.

This sense of cultural identity gives 'The Dish' a surprising depth for such an uncomplicated film. Rather than resorting to the contrived, exaggerated Australian image of Paul Hogan, it revels in its roots without a hint of self-consciousness or compromise. Such an intense warmth towards its small-town location and everyman characters is shown that it is impossible not to share it, and from that grows a wonderful sense of intimacy. Despite the global importance of Apollo 11's mission, a real sense of the importance of it to the community and the individuals therein is present throughout. An American film may have made this subservient to the moon landings - here, the two are intertwined on an equal footing, and you care equally about each.

And in that lies the secret of why 'The Dish' is such a damn good film. It's not the well-paced, extremely funny and well-delivered script, nor the quality of the acting, nor the great location or period soundtrack. It's because the film has a real sense of soul. It makes you want to care about it and it's characters. In mainstream film, that's a rare achievement indeed. Let's hope the Farrelly brothers are watching...

8.5/10


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