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Hidden Figures (2016)

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The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

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

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,499, 25 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$169,387,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$234,874,979
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This marks the third time Octavia Spencer has starred alongside one of the actresses from a Spider-Man film. She starred in The Help (2011) with Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone, both of whom have played Gwen Stacey. Dallas Howard starred as Gwen Stacey in Spider-Man 3 (2007), while Stone played the role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). As well as this, Spencer had a cameo in Spider-Man (2002), which starred Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. See more »

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The Virginia license plates shown throughout the film are inaccurate for the time. Virginia plates for 1961 had black blocky characters, usually consisting of just six numbers separated by a dash in the middle. The plates seen in the movie use the blue serifed font used on Virginia license plates issued since the early 1990s. See more »

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Katherine Johnson: There are no colored bathrooms in this building, or any building outside the West Campus, which is half a mile away. Did you know that? I have to walk to Timbuktu just to relieve myself! And I can't use one of the handy bikes. Picture that, Mr. Harrisson. My uniform, skirt below the knees and my heels. And simple necklace pearls. Well, I don't own pearls. Lord knows you don't pay the colored enough to afford pearls! And I work like a dog day and night, living on coffee from a pot none of you ...
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Runnin'
Written and Performed by Pharrell Williams
Produced by Pharrell Williams
Mixed by Mick Guzauski
Pharrell Williams performs courtesy of i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records
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Propaganda Meets Pavlov the Dog
14 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Every scene within this "film" was finely tuned, most likely by a focus group to trigger the desired uplifting emotional response. I left the movie theater with a uplifting feeling and then about five minutes later I realized that I was had tricked and duped. I was played for a sucker because I had drooled on cue just like Pavlov's dog.

I am positively sure in retrospect that events, people, fact, time, effort, and proportion were all distorted and sacrificed to produce propaganda.

When I dug a bit deeper to find out more about this story it came to light that the book on which this "movie" was based was sponsored by a major nonprofit corporation, the Alfred P. Sloan Fund for Research.

NASA, during the Mercury project, had thousands of talented employees who will ever remain "invisible figures," to them this movie does an injustice.

The people I saw the movie with will never know that they were had by a propaganda piece.


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