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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cliff Buxton
Billy Mitchell ... Cameron
... Miss Nolan
Christopher-Robin Street ... Damien
Luke Keltie ... Graeme
Naomi Wright ... Melanie
Ben Wright-Smith ... Nicholas
Beverley Dunn ... Secretary (voice)
Grant Thompson ... Mr. Callen
Bille Brown ... Prime Minister
... Newspaper Reporter
Kevin Harrington ... Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell
Tom Long ... Glenn Latham
... Al Burnett
... 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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Man's first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History

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

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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Antena  »

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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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Trivia

The Dish control console used in the film is currently displayed at the Parkes visitors centre. See more »

Goofs

On the blackboard showing calculations for finding where Apollo 11 is the word parallax is spelled "parrallax". 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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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 »

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Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »

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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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A Perfect Little Film!
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Most of us who were over 5 years old at the time, remember where they were when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. This monumentally emotional moment for mankind, albeit thoroughly superfluous scientific achievement, is the background for this beautifully constructed film.

The thing that makes this film so special is the fact that there isn't a character that appears on screen that you don't care about, regardless how small the role. That takes true writing and directing talent!

The entire small town of Parks, New South Wales, Australia is all atwitter, because their radio observatory dish has been chosen to be NASA's official link to the Apollo 11 mission in the southern hemisphere. The mayor's wife comments, while serving her joint of lamb, that man being moments away from landing on the moon makes their problems seem mundane... That's the beauty of the film, you care so much about these people; their problems are anything but mundane - you cheer-on the techno-nerd asking the town beauty to go out with him; you ache inside because the head of the observatory lost his wife a year ago and she can't be there to revel in his glory; you love the fact that the out-of-place NASA official is the only one who realizes that all the mayor's rebellious teenage daughter really needs to chill-out is an ounce of respect.

This is the best kind of feel-good film. An absolute jewel that you'll want to watch more than just once.


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