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The Dish (2000)

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

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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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As Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, our only link was a satellite dish in rural Australia with a few bugs (And a few hundred sheep). See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History

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

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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Antena  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$70,612 (USA) (18 March 2001)

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$2,252,970 (USA) (8 July 2001)
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Trivia

Although the Dish interiors were shot on a set, all scenes showing the actual Parkes Dish were shot on location. The facility was closed for 3 weeks to accommodate filming. 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 »

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[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 Dil Chahta Hai (2001) 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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Very enjoyable
16 September 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Dish" is a real crowd pleaser, which surpassed my initial expectations. I guess you could say that it falls into that little genre of world cinema known as the "regional comedy." Such examples might include "Cinema Paradiso" or "The Full Monty." It looks, quite lovingly, at the lives of several characters and their environment, providing subtle humour and a healthy dose of sentiment as well. What makes this film particularly interesting is its take on the first moon landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. While usually covered in an American jingoistic mode of filmmaking, "The Dish" offers a fresh, outside perspective. How did the world view it? How were Americans viewed? The detached perspective of the Australians is the source of much humour within the film, culminating in a few scenes where the responsibility of providing a relay signal from Apollo 11 to Houston is placed fully upon the small band of dish operators in rural Australia. Perhaps the most profound thing about this film is that it is largely based on a true story.

With an all-round solid cast, led by Sam Neill and Tom Long.


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