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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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Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limit. 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

Octavia Spencer and Kirsten Dunst have a lot of screen time together. They both previously appeared in Spider-Man (2002), but had no scenes together in the film, as Spencer only had a cameo. See more »

Goofs

When Mary Jackson responds to Karl Zielinski regarding the engineer's training program, the camera pulls back during the course of their discussion. In the foreground on the right is a film camera. In the middle at the bottom of the screen is woman's high heel shoe embedded in a grating. Looking closer, Mary Jackson is barefoot.

In a previous scene, Mary Jackson got the heel of one of her shoes stuck in the grating. She was unable to free it before the wind tunnel test started, and had to remove the other shoe to get out in time.

The movie film camera is a prop. You can see an actor dressed as one of the technicians tending to it. Film cameras were normally present during wind tunnel tests. Films of wind tunnel tests allowed engineers to review results later, without rerunning the tests, aided by the ability to run the films at slower speeds, and to backup and replay the film. See more »

Quotes

Mary Jackson: Oh, I'll tell you where to begin: Three Negro women chasing a white police officer down a highway in Hampton, Virginia in 1961. Ladies, that there is a God-ordained miracle!
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Featured in Film 2017: Episode #46.5 (2017) See more »

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Praise Him
Written and Performed by David Kelly
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music, USA
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It made for an old-fashioned movie going experience...
22 January 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is the true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA on the Mercury program in the early 1960s. Solid performances by all, some laugh-out-loud scenes, and some very emotional moments. It's also an important look back at the civil rights issues of the time period. The climax is a bit Apollo 13ish, and I'm fairly certain some scenes were embellished, but who cares. You should walk away from this film smiling, maybe even a bit choked up.

And in spite of it being an overall positive experience, I could feel the oppression at certain points - Dorothy at the library just trying to find the right book, but it is in a part of the library to which she cannot gain admittance due to her race. Mary being reminded that she must sit in the back of the court room, again because of her race. Katherine runs across campus just to find a bathroom that she is allowed to use and never once complaining about it until she is publicly berated about her use of time. Kevin Costner's character appears to be a generally good person who doesn't care about race, and yet still never even thought about the difficulty of being forced into a certain bathroom half a mile away.

You don't need to understand the mathematics to enjoy the film, but I admit, it was fun to hear some concepts I haven't heard since my college days.

The theater was almost full, with people of all ages. I was particularly happy to see some kids there, as there is much for them to take away from this film.

Twice during the movie the audience broke into applause, and then applauded at the end credits as well. I don't recall the last time I heard that at a film. And most importantly - I did not see a cell phone light up the whole time - truly a miracle.


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