Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

DVD - 2017
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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. 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.


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Aug 29, 2019

Good movie made you realize what black women went thru trying to better themselves.

Jul 13, 2019

Nasa employed a large number of female mathematicians as "human computers". Many were African-Americans.

Their work processing data and performing complicated calculations was critical to the success of the space programme.

Jun 30, 2019

Must watch at least once ... at least. As with all books turned to movie and since this is not a documentary, don't write your space science report off details in this movie. The script effectively portrays a dark attitude ... lightly ... but with enough effect to make the point without making the movie a downer. I trust the actresses/actors had more fun portraying the script too. Do take away the benefits of treating everyone based on their skills, talents & personality; not the color of their skin, sex or type of last name. This applies to all ethnicity including caucasian heritages. Yes, supression of minorities happens ALL OVER THE WORLD. Time to move forward & embrace everyone's gifts equally. Gene Roddenberry was way ahead of his time when he wrote of a United Federation. Awesome author.

If you are out-smarted by a minority, team up & combine your brains - two heads are ALWAYS better than one.

I was actually kind of disappointed here.

At a glance, this is a great movie that highlights a forgotten story that deserves a lot more attention than it's gotten. The cast performs admirably and the movie does a decent job of making early-NASA's behind-the-scenes digestible for the casual viewer.

As an adaptation of a book however, this movie is overly saccharine and fails to accurately portray how things truly existed at NACA and NASA. Further it grossly oversimplifies the people involved; the degree to which racism and sexism effected the women involved comes across significantly less in the book. Miss Jackson asserts that there were a lot of decent people at NACA and NASA, and while there was tension, a lot of that was overshadowed by the mission at hand. The movie adds scenes that fundamentally alter the mood and attitude of the people involved, and I feel that this is detrimental to the overall story, and a classic case of Hollywood adding drama for the sake of drama (and money).

This is also not to mention the fact that Mary Jackson herself had been there for about a decade as a supervisor before the space race properly began. Virtually everyone involved realized there were bigger issues at stake, like the Cold War, national pride, economics, and the need to fill positions with qualified people. You get the tiniest taste of this, but frankly, the movie portrays it in a very unsatisfactory way.

If you liked the movie, I'm glad. I hope you will pick up the book and realize how much more to the story there is, because I do not feel like the movie went far enough in accurately telling the story as Margot Lee put it down.

May 18, 2019

I rented the disc but someone put a fake disk in the case!

Apr 18, 2019

Rated 10/10. An amazing story which I enjoyed watching. Excellent acting.

It was good to see these women get the recognition which they deserved.

Apr 16, 2019

the real ladies were thinner and lighter than the 'Hollywood' choices, but you can see why they did it, to inspire black kids in the future. in reality, there were ladies of ALL races working behind the scenes at NASA.

Apr 09, 2019

Really loved it.

Apr 07, 2019

One of the most enlightening movies made. Truly these women were hidden from history and an example of how people wanted to perpetuate the myth that there are no examples of brilliant women or minorities in history.

Mar 01, 2019

Love this film! Have watched it several times. Based on a true story of African American women who are hired as computers in the early days of the US space race. These talented women - many who had degrees in math or a related field is a story not often told. Watch the movie and learn how these women contributed greatly to the US effort to get into space and to beat Russia in doing so.

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Jun 25, 2017

"Here at NASA we all pee the same color", a priceless quote!

Apr 22, 2017

Many excellent quotes in IMDb and of course from its book at goodreads .... this classic gem appeared in the film but not in the book:

Despite what you may think, I have nothing against y'all.
- I know, I know you probably believe that.


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