An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
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 Gobels 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
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When Dorothy and her girls are called to the IBM room, the camera angle shows them marching down a long hallway. This scene is very similar to the one in The Right Stuff when the Mercury 7 astronauts are slowly marching together. See more »
The drama of John Glenn's malfunctioning heat shield was not followed in real time by the U.S. public as depicted to dramatic effect in the film. During the Mercury program, NASA was acutely aware of the public relations importance of the space program, and Mission Control staff were focused on dealing with the fault and not on feeding news releases promptly to the media while the problem was actively being resolved. Despite the 3-orbit / 7-orbit confusion, most if not all civilian Americans were unaware of the malfunction until long after Glenn had safely splashed down. See more »
Heartening and disheartening all at the same time.
Disheartening because of the horrible racial prejudice shown - hard to believe that things were like they were. Heartening because of the undoubted success these three women made of their lives, and of course they are a representation of what countless others did.
My one criticism of the film is that I find it hard to believe that some of the situations presented actually happened. Did the Costner character really not see the kettle marked "coloured"? Was it really a trek to the bathroom?
But this can only be a minor criticism and surely represent the prevailing attitudes of the days in parts of the USA - and lets be honest still in existence in many other parts of the world today. In this sense the film is a salutary reminder of how insidious prejudice can be.
An entertaining, moving and sobering film.
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