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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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,stereo,Dolby digital 2.0,rda
widescreen (16:9),fullscreen (4:3),rda
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Mar 13, 2021

Interesting and enlightening. Made me want to learn more about these extraordinary women.

Jan 11, 2021

“Hidden Figures” is a 2017 film directed by Theodore Melfi. It follows 3 female African-American scientists who help make history in NASA in the early 1960s while dealing with race and gender discrimination. This film is a very impactful one and I think many people after watching it will appreciate what the 3 ladies accomplished and will give them more credit than they did before. Especially considering that this film is based on true events. First of all, the acting by Taraji P Henson, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner, and all others is fantastic. They brought their characters to life perfectly especially Parsons who made me hate his character as he was one of the main people discriminating against the main characters. That just shows how good his acting was. The message is conveyed really well and historically accurate as they successfully show both sides. The tough calculations and risks the characters took at NASA and the painful discrimination/criticism they faced by their peers. An amazing and impactful film that I recommend for ages 10 and up. As it does involve sensitive themes and some mild language. I would give it 4.5 stars!
@NostalgicMonkey of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oct 24, 2020

Very inspiring, really enjoyed this movie

Sep 02, 2020

One weakness of the film was the purification of white aerospace worker treatment towards the rare black workers allowed. I worked for one of the major aerospace firms in both the north and the south. I don't remember seeing any black workers in the south and only remember the horrible treatment of black workers in the north. I applaud even the attempt made to tell the true story but Americans need not pat themselves on the back as the improvement in white attitudes made since that time is not really that great.

Jul 22, 2020

This bio-pic is a restrained presentation of the "equal but separate" status of Blacks in the United States against the backdrop of the Space Race of the early 1960s. This movie is at best a summary of the lives of the Black female 'calculators' presented in detail in the book (recommended reading). The movie is as much a patriotic account of the come-from-behind effort of the Americans to overcome the Russians in space "firsts". Was it a mistake, by the movie's producer, that the Mission Director is shown removing the "Colored Women Only" sign (presumably outside the washroom in the West Computing Group building) rather than the "White Women Only" sign outside the washroom in the Space Mission building?

Apr 13, 2020

VERY GOOD 2016 film set in the era of beginning of US space flight adventures - and excellent bio-pic of American black women whose contributions to math plus behind the flights I had not been previously aware of.

ArapahoeMarcia Mar 24, 2020

A enlightening movie about the women involved, behind the scenes, in the Space Program in the 1960s. Their personal and professional lives during the Civil Rights Movement is beautifully depicted. It is powerful and memorable.

Mar 12, 2020

Good show, it makes the space calculations look so easy

Mar 05, 2020

Recommended by a friend just about the time of Kathrine Jackson's death. Amazing film: the 2 hours went by swiftly. Good story, well-told and well-acted. I'm looking forward to reading the book!!

Mar 02, 2020

Despite some stereotyping and the ubiquitous dancing in the kitchen scene, a little history, a little humour, and no violence make this movie an entertaining time-out.

Character portrayal is consistent, women are strong, with Taraji Henson taking centre stage with her memorable role.

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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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