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

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,800,057 (USA) (6 January 2017)

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$169,387,004 (USA)
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Trivia

The issue with the bathrooms was not something Katherine Johnson personally experienced. It was actually encountered by Mary Jackson instead. In fact, it was this incident, as a result of Jackson ranting to a colleague, which got her moved to the wind tunnel team. Johnson was initially unaware that the East Side bathrooms were even segregated, and used the unlabeled "whites-only" bathrooms for years before anyone complained. When she simply ignored the complaint, the issue was dropped completely. See more »

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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. See more »

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Al Harrison: We get to the peak together, or we don't get there at all.
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Written by Edwin Eugene Bagley (as E. E. Bagley) and Jorge Patrono
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Propaganda Meets Pavlov the Dog
14 January 2017 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

Every scene within this "film" was finely tuned, most likely by a focus group to trigger the desired uplifting emotional response. I left the movie theater with a uplifting feeling and then about five minutes later I realized that I was had tricked and duped. I was played for a sucker because I had drooled on cue just like Pavlov's dog.

I am positively sure in retrospect that events, people, fact, time, effort, and proportion were all distorted and sacrificed to produce propaganda.

When I dug a bit deeper to find out more about this story it came to light that the book on which this "movie" was based was sponsored by a major nonprofit corporation, the Alfred P. Sloan Fund for Research.

NASA, during the Mercury project, had thousands of talented employees who will ever remain "invisible figures," to them this movie does an injustice.

The people I saw the movie with will never know that they were had by a propaganda piece.


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