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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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Theodore Melfi

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Allison Schroeder (screenplay by), Theodore Melfi (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraji P. Henson ... Katherine G. Johnson
Octavia Spencer ... Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe ... Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner ... Al Harrison
Kirsten Dunst ... Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons ... Paul Stafford
Mahershala Ali ... Colonel Jim Johnson
Aldis Hodge ... Levi Jackson
Glen Powell ... John Glenn
Kimberly Quinn ... Ruth
Olek Krupa ... Karl Zielinski
Kurt Krause ... Sam Turner
Ken Strunk ... Jim Webb
Lidya Jewett ... Young Katherine Coleman
Donna Biscoe ... Mrs. Joylette Coleman
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Storyline

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 20th Century Fox

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Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Figures See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,499, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$169,607,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$235,956,898
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1 | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

All of Katherine Johnson's children were actually teenagers at the time of her marriage to Jim Johnson. See more »

Goofs

When Dorothy Vaughan is caught using the 7090, there's a shot where one of the men goes over to the printer and looks at the output. The soundtrack is that of a dot-matrix printer, while the printer shown (the slower IBM 716) is a 150lpm typewheel printer, based on the IBM 407 accounting machine, which sounds completely different. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Vaughan: If you act right - you are right. That's for certain.
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Soundtracks

Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me
Written by Louis Palmer
Performed by Wynonie Harris
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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Never chooses to rise above its safely formulaic Hollywood trappings
25 February 2017 | by spencergrande6See all my reviews

A well-meaning crowd-pleaser, with nice performances and a truly exceptional true story running things, that never chooses to rise above its safely formulaic Hollywood trappings.

I found this movie's depictions of such clearly bigoted white people and their Civil Rights era forms of racism (colored bathrooms and coffee pots) that never really digs into the more insidious nature of institutional racism, to be problematic. This overtly racist world feels so far removed that it almost makes it seem like racism has been solved, that it's no longer an issue.

All you have to do is be exceptional, a once in a lifetime genius, and racism won't be able to stand in your way. It suggests that black people do have to work harder and be superior in an obvious way in order to overcome, and this is never addressed in the movie. Don't be common, no one can help you then.


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