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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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$169,380,936 (USA)
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When Taraji P. Henson signed on for the lead role, she met with the real-life Katherine Johnson, who was 98 years old, to discuss the character she was about to portray. Henson learned that Johnson had graduated from high school at age 14 and from college at age 18, and was still as lucid as anyone years younger. After the film was screened for Johnson, she expressed her genuine approval of Henson's portrayal, but wondered why anybody would want to make a film about her life. See more »

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When we first see the Friendship 7 capsule, at the 1h38m mark, we see a lady completing the white pinstripe on the top left side of the down-stroke of the '7', but in the very next shot, a few seconds later, only the bottom section of the '7' and the horizontal bar have pinstripes ... the section she just completed has removed itself. See more »

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Dorothy Vaughan: [Repeated line to the IBM computer as she gets it to work] Atta girl.
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Higher Ground
Written by Johnson (Rev.) Oatman, Jr. and Charles Gabriel
Vocal Arrangement by Edie Lehmann Boddicker
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Revisionist history at its finest.
17 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

First off, my aunt worked at 'The Cape' during this time and never heard of this. She was working in the same section as these ladies supposedly were working. Now, lots of personnel were in flux during this time and she may have missed them, but people talk and no one ever talked to her about an entire group of black ladies calculating launch/orbital dynamics. In the south, this would have been a major story even in the sixties. This is a great movie as movies go, but it was hard for me to enjoy it while sifting through all the overt political statements. I saw where the movie only made around half a million dollars on opening weekend. Also, I read reports of actresses buying out an entire theater's showing of this movie. So, that explains the obscene total gross of the movie. I'm sure special interest groups bought out theaters to pad the numbers as well. The idea that our brave astronauts were nothing more than space monkeys taking a ride on the backs of black, female mathematicians is insulting to both parties. They had scratch paper and slide rules in the 60's and every engineer had them. Showing someone climb a ladder to calculate trajectories on a blackboard is theatrical, but adds questions to the credibility of this story. Henderson's performance IS Oscar worthy--and I love Olivia Spencer. I am just worried that more and more of our nation's history will be revised to give MORE credit than where credit was actually due. One thing that truly bothers me: this movie was released AFTER most of the people involved with this stage of the space program were deceased. So, there is no way to ASK anyone if this is factually correct. Also, I'm sure this will be required viewing at schools during black history month.


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