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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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Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do. See more »


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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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Among the actresses considered for the lead roles were Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis. Davis was later nominated alongside one of the actresses who was ultimately cast in the film, Octavia Spencer, for Best Supporting Actress at the The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017). Davis eventually won the award for her role in Fences (2016). Davis and Spencer also both starred together in The Help (2011), for which Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, while Davis was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, losing to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011). See more »

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Tobacco use would have been prevalent in the engineers' offices and meetings. See more »

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Mary Jackson: What the devil are you doing? Are you taking a break?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

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You're A Grand Old Flag
Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by The United States Air Force Band (as United States Air Force Band)
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Lacking subtlety.
28 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Easy on the eye but not worthy of the hype and the Oscar nomination. An interesting story has been directed in a very heavy handed way, which to me was constantly irritating. Almost every scene is overstated to the point that, as others have said, there is a propaganda feel to the film. Did the director really need to portray every white person, bar two, as vigorously racist or anti-women, even though virtually all the characters are clearly intelligent and from well educated backgrounds? This is a film where the message would have been stronger and more credible if a degree of balance and subtlety had been added to the mix. The things I enjoyed: some strong performances by a very capable cast, a very authentic period setting, a story which is totally engaging. The thing which turned me off: the exaggeration.


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