Hidden Figures

(2016)

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Title:
Hidden Figures
Release Date:
25th December 2016
Runtime:
126 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
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Directors:
Theodore Melfi
Writers:
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Languages:
English
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1080p / 720p / 480p

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 Vaughn, 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.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 94%
IMDb Rating 7.9

Casts

Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner as Al Harrison
Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell
Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan
Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by PokeyNan7 8th January, 2017

Best movie I've seen in a long time!

Based upon a true story about the people behind the scenes at NASA in the early 1960's, it has something for the whole family--fantastic writing, award-winning performances, historically accurate events, settings and fashion. The movie is kid-friendly, and presents a restrained introduction to discrimination issues of the day. As a former teacher, I could see this movie being used in a math, science or social studies curriculum. Coming out of the crowded theater, everyone was upbeat and raving about the movie. This is a must-see--by far, the best movie I've seen in a long time!

Reviewed by upswept1 8th January, 2017

Great Movie but a couple of Automotive faults

I'm a car guy so I don't know if anyone else picked up on this. Whenever the three ladies are driving in their '57 Chevy, the director forgot to have them shift the car out of park. The scenes are shot looking in through the front of the windshield, driving down the road and the shift lever is still in park. When Octavia Spencer "fixes" her car, she tells the others that she "bypassed the starter". The starter still starts the car, she just bypassed the starter switch, not the starter. Otherwise, an excellent movie about a subject that nobody knows about. Excellent acting by Kevin Costner, he was perfect for the role.

Reviewed by ldquinn 8th January, 2017

Great Acting - Fun Movie

Hidden Figures is the story of three little known women who played a crucial role in the early days of the US space program. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae were all wonderful in their roles; each bringing specific personalities to their characters. Taraji P. Henson is a mathematics wunderkind who is called upon to assist in calculating the math requires for launches and recoveries. A single mother of three daughters, she graciously and calmly works through the difficulties of being a lone black woman in a department full of white men in the racially segregated state of Virginia. Her calmness breaks in one scene and she wonderfully states, quite loudly, the obstacles she is forced to endure and overcome. This is quite a contrast from her normally calm dignity. As a side story, she is also involved in a burgeoning romantic relationship and she shows another totally side of herself - that of a shy, demure woman, which she carries off perfectly. Octavia Spencer, a very strong actress, does a wonderful job as a black woman with the responsibilities of a supervisor that she is not allowed to have the title or compensation for. She deals with her supervisor, Kirsten Dunst, with patience and tolerance and delivers what I think was the finest line in the film in response to Dunst's comment that, "I have nothing against y'all." Spencer replies, "I know you probably believe that." Surrounding me in the auditorium was a subdued murmur of knowing assent and acknowledgment from the audience. Clearly, the black moviegoers all have had that thought, probably more often than one would like to think. As a white male, the sounds of the audience gave me pause and had great impact. That line, alone, made this movie worth seeing. Janelle Monae plays a woman with the talent to be a NASA engineer, who has to jump through hoops to get there. She provides the bit of lightness that keeps this film lighter than the topic may generally have dictated. Without exception, the supporting cast excels - from Kevin Costner, the boss who just wants to get the job done and tolerates no impediments; to Jim Parsons, the engineer who always insists on following the rules - NASA's as well as his personal rules based on his biases; to Mahershala Ali, who plays Henson's love interest. This movie is well worth viewing on many levels - as history, as a treatise on segregation and race relations, and as an example of how determination can overcome the most difficult of obstacles. Not only was this an excellent film; it was also a film that I was glad I saw.

Reviewed by wordman1 8th January, 2017

Must see Movie

Our actual history is filled with people and events that we just never learned about. "Hidden Figures" is one of those movies that shines a light on three brilliant and amazing women and their unheralded contribution to the space program. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson - Dorothy Johnson Vaughan - and Mary Jackson were brilliant and driven and contributed greatly through their knowledge of mathematics and computer languages. Taraji P. Henson - Octavia Spencer - and Janelle Monae portray them with power and grace. There is a hunger that comes from living in a time and place where they know they will never be able to really show how intelligent and relevant they are. They balance that yearning with the day-to-day trappings of a mother/wife. Aldis Hodge and Mahershala Ali show the balancing act of being a strong black man in Virginia in 1961 with the reality of their life outside of their community. Kevin Costner - a bit ham-fisted at times - still gave one of the most subtle performances of his career. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons also elevated their games to fit into this stellar cast. The ensemble was strong - not a week link in that chain. The writing and directing were sound - seamless. Theodore Melfi's deft touch let the players and the script sparkle. Mandy Walker's cinematography was perfect - simply perfect. This movie better grab a handful of those golden statues. I don't think you're going to find a lot of movies from 2016 that can live up "Hidden Figures" with respect to cast and crew and all that goes with making a great movie.

Reviewed by steven-leibson 7th January, 2017

Punches all my buttons: segregation, space, engineering, computers

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.