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The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US 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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$515,499 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$168,831,307 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening scene, when a police car appears to the scene to investigate the disabled car, it is suppose to be a Virginia State Police cruiser. Virginia State Police has never used black/white vehicle, but always blue/gray cars. Also, the uniform was generic city police, nothing close to the VA. State Police uniform and the arm patch appears to be that of the Hampton Police. See more »

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White Cop: Damn Russians are watching us right now. Sputniks.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Surrender
Written by Pharrell Williams
Performed by Lalah Hathaway and Pharrell Williams
Lalah Hathaway performs courtesy of Hathaway Entertainment
Pharrell Williams performs courtesy of i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records
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Excellent representation of the 60's
13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A well told story of the 60's - fashion, seriousness of the space competition, but more importantly the contributions of 3 women in a time where they were not even given the credit of having a brain. Why this has not been known for many, many years - that is a sad state. Thank heaven the daughter wrote the book and these women will have the credit they so deserved. A good showing of the discrimination shown the black people in the 60's - it was well represented but the story took front page. I love these women - they were mothers, wives and eventually recognized as experts in their field of math and coding. I grew up in the late 50 and 60's - so impressive that the three did not let anything hold them back. They did it quietly and with respected results - but this story should have been told in the 60's. The acting is excellent, the sets are so believable, the culture is there - thank you Theodore Malfi for a an entertaining and educational film. And Pharrell for the music.


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