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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,800,057 (USA) (6 January 2017)

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$169,387,004 (USA)
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Among the actresses considered for the lead roles were Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis. Davis was later nominated alongside one of the actresses who was ultimately cast in the film, Octavia Spencer, for Best Supporting Actress at the The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017). Davis eventually won the award for her role in Fences (2016). Davis and Spencer also both starred together in The Help (2011), for which Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, while Davis was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, losing to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011). See more »

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The 1957 Chevrolet that the women are driving has the prominent "V" chrome trim on both the hood and on the trunk. That means it is supposed to have a V-8 engine. When the ladies have car trouble in the beginning of the movie, they have the hood open and you can see the one valve cover. The engine is clearly an in-line 6 cylinder. The prop people didn't notice this inconsistency when they booked that car for the breakdown scene in the movie. See more »

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Colonel Jim Johnson: I'm sorry, Katherine.
Katherine Johnson: For what, Jim?
Colonel Jim Johnson: Underestimating you, and any other woman like you, though I don't imagine there's many.
Katherine Johnson: That's good practice, right there.
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Major Feel-Good Movie, just gets better as it goes along
12 January 2017 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

In the opinion of this reviewer, an extraordinary achievement.

The characters on which the film is based were special and unique on their own, and well deserving of the sort of semi-documentary films that Hollywood likes to serve up.

However, to take that story and bump it up to a major "feel-good film" that engages the viewer from the getgo and does not let up until the very end of its 2 hour and 5 minute running time, THAT is what elevates this project to greatness.

I want to be clear on this because it is important. There are two ways to do a feel-good film. One is (ironically!) by the numbers, using proved plot arcs and other script devices to make it work. An example of this for example is the latest Disney release MOANA which has taken some heat from critics for being derivative and not original. But that, you see, is the tried and true method to achieve the effect that the producers wanted. And it works.

The other way to make a film engaging and fun is to use your instincts and your actors to get the most from each scene. No rule book, no fixed way of doing a scene, just doing what works. This is, I believe the way that writer/director Theodore Melfi set out to do Hidden Figures, and boy did he pull it off! The acting is stellar. Costner has matured in his latest film roles and his work here is as far from the nonsense he used to do (like the dreaded Robin Hood) as the earth is from the sun.

Taraji P. Henson finally lands a great role, the kind of role she was looking for when she left the hit series Person of Interest a tad early.

And every good film or TV series needs a character who is "the glue" or a reference point that the viewer can use, like a compass needle, to see where we are in the main story. Here Octavia Spencer gives the performance of her life as that "glue" and helps the director to pace the film.

Highly recommended.


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