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Hidden Figures by Taraji P. Henson
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Hidden Figures (original 2016; edition 2017)

by Taraji P. Henson (Actor)

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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.… (more)
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Hidden Figures [2016 film] by Theodore Melfi (Director) (2016)

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Taraji P. Henson – Katherine G. Johnson
Octavia Spencer – Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe – Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner – Al Harrison
Jim Parsons – Paul Stafford
Kirsten Dunst – Vivian Mitchell
Mahershala Ali – Colonel Jim Johnson

Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book (2016) by Margot Lee Shetterly
Directed by Theodore Melfi

Colour. 127 min.

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My last encounter with that kind of movie was Green Book (2018), a feast of triteness and superficiality that goes beyond the point of no endurance – and ended in exhaustion as I couldn’t muster the power even for a very short review. I have nevertheless made an exception for this one because it seemed like something different and better. It is. At the very least, it is a most unusual look at the Space Race and the contribution to it of black women as mathematicians, engineers or computer specialists (in those ancient days when computers took whole rooms, and big ones at that, and segregation was a blatant reality). It’s a pleasant picture worth seeing. But that’s just the trouble: it’s too pleasant, too low-key, too sedate even. I’m not shocked by “colored” toilets or coffee pots. They seem much too silly to me. I don’t know if the facts were dramatised for the script, but if they were – well, I must say I would expect something rather more dramatic. The same goes for the humour which is the epitome of mildness. There is nothing to be said against the acting, the direction and the production, except that they are all somewhat wasted in this lacklustre hybrid between drama and comedy which ends up, predictably, without being either. I’m not sure what this timidity indicates, taking racism seriously or only pretending to do so. Either way, Taraji Henson and Octavia Spencer deserve better material than that. A movie like A Time to Kill (1996) forces you to take racism seriously, not to mention other matters that are not skin-deep. This one merely entertains, some of the time. ( )
  Waldstein | Apr 26, 2022 |
The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
(source: TMDb)
  aptrvideo | Apr 18, 2021 |
The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
(source: TMDb)
  aptrvideo | Apr 18, 2021 |
Very enjoyable film about a slightly different perspective on the space race. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 11, 2018 |
A very interesting film focusing on three of the female computers before what we now call computers took over, these were the people who performed all the complex mathematics that allowed people to fly into space before the IBM machines took it over. These are three women who displayed intelligence and grit in the face of adversity and who use their smarts to improve, not just their own lives, but others around them. Yes it occasionally merged characters or attitudes to serve the film but I'm sure much of the events happened and maybe not to the particular central characters.
Those three characters were wonderful, full of bravery and sass and I really rooted for them.
My husband was a little reluctant to watch but once it got going he really enjoyed himself and said that he will be advocating it as a very good watch to others. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 17, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Melfi, TheodoreDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, AllisonScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Shetterly, Margot LeeOriginal bookmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ali, MahershalaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Costner, KevinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunst, KirstenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Henson, Taraji P.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monae, JanelleActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parsons, JimActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spencer, OctaviaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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