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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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


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

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Talentos ocultos  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$515,499 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$169,375,735 (USA) (11 August 2017)
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The actual working relationship between the engineers and women was not as hostile as it appears in the film. While there were clearly racial issues at play, the majority of the engineers were able to work with the computers with no issues. See more »

Goofs

It would seem that most all of the scenes involving vehicles were shot at one time with the same assortment of cars -- despite location -- appearing throughout the film, including a bright red Metropolitan sedan. Because these are all doubtless collector pieces leased for the film, all are in perfect, spotless condition, regardless of age. Further, a number -- including a blue '57 Thunderbird -- do not change position in the NASA parking lot despite shots being days, weeks, or months apart. 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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Monster Calls/Hidden Figures (2017) See more »

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Pharrell Williams performs courtesy of i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records
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Lacking subtlety.
28 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Easy on the eye but not worthy of the hype and the Oscar nomination. An interesting story has been directed in a very heavy handed way, which to me was constantly irritating. Almost every scene is overstated to the point that, as others have said, there is a propaganda feel to the film. Did the director really need to portray every white person, bar two, as vigorously racist or anti-women, even though virtually all the characters are clearly intelligent and from well educated backgrounds? This is a film where the message would have been stronger and more credible if a degree of balance and subtlety had been added to the mix. The things I enjoyed: some strong performances by a very capable cast, a very authentic period setting, a story which is totally engaging. The thing which turned me off: the exaggeration.


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