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Hidden Figures
Movie: Hidden Figures(2017)[tt4846340] 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 by20th Century Fox
Title Hidden Figures
Release Date 17 February 2017 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama, History
Production Companies Fox 2000 Pictures, Chernin Entertainment, Levantine Films
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson...
Katherine G. Johnson...
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer...
Dorothy Vaughan...
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe...
Mary Jackson...
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner...
Al Harrison...
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst...
Vivian Mitchell...
Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons...
Paul Stafford...
Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali...
Colonel Jim Johnson...
Aldis Hodge
Aldis Hodge...
Levi Jackson...
Glen Powell
Glen Powell...
John Glenn...
Kimberly Quinn
Kimberly Quinn...
Ruth...
Olek Krupa
Olek Krupa...
Karl Zielinski...
Kurt Krause
Kurt Krause...
Sam Turner...
Ken Strunk
Ken Strunk...
Jim Webb...
Lidya Jewett
Lidya Jewett...
Young Katherine Coleman...
Donna Biscoe
Donna Biscoe...
Mrs. Joylette Coleman...

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steven-leibson on 7 January 2017
I'm an engineer. I designed computers, I grew up in the south during the 1950s and 1960s. I was heavily involved in the space race at an early age and watched every launch and recovery on black-and-white TV. I never saw separate restrooms and drinking fountains for "colored" but they were there. I never rode on segregated public buses, but they were there and I knew it. This movie, "Hidden Figures," brings all of these worlds back to me. No, it's not a painstakingly accurate picture. NASA didn't have flat-panel screens back then. Communications between the ground and the Mercury capsules were not static-free. But a lot of this movie feels real. Very real.The protagonists in this movie are three women of color working in one of the most unwelcoming environments they might hope to find: NASA Langley, Virginia, in 1961. As women, they were employed as human "computers" because they were less expensive and they got their numbers right. As "colored" folk, they got their own separate (and sparse) restrooms and their own, separate dining facilities. This was not America's shining hour, even in some place as lofty as NASA.At the same time, civil unrest was rising in the towns. This is the time of Martin Luther King's rise to prominence. It's a time just before the rise of militant civil rights groups. It's a time when resistance to segregation and discrimination was still civil, but as the movie shows, that resistance was beginning to firm up and become widespread.There are several reasons to see this movie: from a civil rights perspective; from a feminism perspective; from the perspective of the early space race when we lagged the Soviet Union, badly. If you lived during this time, see the movie to remember. If you were born later, see this movie to see what things were like.

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