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The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, History | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

Director:

Rob Sitch

Writers:

Santo Cilauro (conceived and written by), Tom Gleisner (conceived and written by) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Cliff Buxton
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Cameron
Roz Hammond ... Miss Nolan
Christopher-Robin Street Christopher-Robin Street ... Damien
Luke Keltie Luke Keltie ... Graeme
Naomi Wright Naomi Wright ... Melanie
Ben Wright-Smith Ben Wright-Smith ... Nicholas
Beverley Dunn Beverley Dunn ... Secretary (voice)
Grant Thompson Grant Thompson ... Mr. Callen
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Prime Minister
Bernard Curry ... Newspaper Reporter
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ... Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell
Tom Long Tom Long ... Glenn Latham
Patrick Warburton ... Al Burnett
Roy Billing ... Mayor Robert 'Bob' McIntyre
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Storyline

In the days before the July 19, 1969 space mission that marked humankind's first steps on the moon, NASA was working with a group of Australian technicians who had agreed to rig up a satellite interface. That the Aussies placed the satellite dish smack dab in the middle of an Australian sheep farm in the boondocks town of Parkes was just one of the reasons that NASA was concerned. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a smart, witty, comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while revisiting one of the greatest events in history. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Man's first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antena See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,612, 18 March 2001

Gross USA:

$2,552,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,575,074
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The moon phase during the Apollo 11 landing was first quarter, the full moon shots shown in the film wouldn't have been what anyone saw day. Also, being a first quarter, at the time of the landings (almost 10 pm Houston time) the moon was invisible from North America. Australia was the only place that could receive the pictures of the first steps on the moon. See more »

Goofs

During the classroom scene at the beginning of the movie the first student describes the moon landing and a battle with aliens which involves Lasers. Whilst Lasers had been invented, their commercialisation and popular use was not yet prevalent. A more appropriate term would have been Ray Guns. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Worker: Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Cliff Buxton: I'm sorry...
Worker: Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Cliff Buxton: Right well, I'll wander out then.
Worker: Well worth it. Some amazing times.
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Crazy Credits

John Glenn (III), Neil Armstrong (I), Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (II) are credited by announcers in the flashback preceeding the Apollo 11 flight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #9.1 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly Me High
(1967)
Written by Justin Hayward
© Tyler Music Ltd
Used by permission of Essex Music Australia
Performed by The Moody Blues
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd (London)
Under license from Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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A great feel-good comedy.
20 April 2003 | by Jack the Ripper1888See all my reviews

This film was extremely hard for me to get into, but once I got interested, I couldn't turn away. The performances were great the story was pleasantly refreshing. After I had seen the small town Irish comedy WAKING NED DEVINE, I was in the mood for feel-good comedies. THE DISH was the next best thing. But, as it turns out, I liked THE DISH far better.

It is a small town comedy set in a rural Australian town during the days preceeding the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, it brought everyone on the Earth together. This film gives an idea as to what it must have been like to see that experience.

The film was a greatly pleasant movie and I was totally delighted to have a film as heartwarming and truly great as this. Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Patrick Warburton (SCREAM 3, BIG TROUBLE) who I feel are both very good actors take the leading roles of this delightful movie experience. Surely a film that you will want to watch over and over again. I recommend OCTOBER SKY and WAKING NED DEVINE.

THE DISH: 5/5.


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