Hidden Figures

2 h 6 min2016X-RayHDRUHDPG
An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Theodore Melfi
Taraji P. HensonJanelle MonaeKevin Costner
English [CC]
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Kirsten DunstJim ParsonsOctavia Spencer
Donna GigliottiPeter CherninJenno ToppingPharrell WilliamsTheodore Melfi
20th Century Fox
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4.9 out of 5 stars

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Ian WhitneyReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2022
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Took until 2016 for our country to recognize their contribution?!! It took way too long for these women to be recognized, but the triumph is there. History is made of moments in time that permanently change its trajectory. The stories of these women's lives, spectacular contributions and first small steps reflect such a moment in the story of humankind. Can we ever thank them enough for opening those doors, minds and hearts to see reason in time to save humans' universal story. We can only pray that such women, men and children will again not fear their own gifts but focus them towards positive changes and save our world again.
PurchaserReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
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Dynamic storytelling and acting
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This movie was extremely well written, well cast, well acted, and cohesive in its messages and content. Showing the intelligence, perseverance, and finally recognition decades later of the talents of these women and their colleagues, "Hidden Figures" does not portray women who hang their heads. Rather, women of color who use their minds, determination, and gifts to find the niche to stay relevant during the computer age in the space program, and lead others to the ability to program the IBM technology. Also showing up here is the fact computers can make errors, and knowing how to compute figures by hand is a valuable skill. Old math is still relevant, as are the people exploring new technologies and frontiers.
LydiaReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2022
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Inspirational and Informative
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I really enjoyed this movie and have watched it repeatedly. There were lots of facts that I never learned in school that this movie showed.
I saw a group of women struggle through adversity and come through with dignity and poise intact. They never held grudges or placed blame they just continued doing the jobs assigned and went beyond to take the necessary steps to get ahead and keep their employment. Wonderful movie and yes I will watch it again...
SassyReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2022
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An Amazingly Beautiful, Entertaining and Educational Movie
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This movie was very well written. A part of Our American History shown from a different view that everyone should see! I love how this movie shows how important it is that we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but by the content of people's characters and abilities. Some people can and will surprise you, if you allow them to use the Abilities that God has given them. This was one of the Best Movies that I have watched in a Long Time. Just Beautiful, Entertaining and Educational!
B. SurkanReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
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Three Black Women Who Saved the Space Race
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A review of the movie Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi, is an inspirational historical fiction movie based on a true story. The movie is set at NASA during the 1950s or the time of the Space Race. The first thing people think when they think of the “Space Race,” is the astronauts who risk their lives to better their country and move it forward. However, people do not think of the mathematician, scientists, engineers, and programmers that dedicated all their work to bring the astronauts up to space. The movie is about three black women, Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, who worked up the ranking in NASA to achieve what no other African American had done at the time. They worked with NASA in an effort to launch John Glenn, an astronaut, up to space and orbit the Earth to beat the Russians in the Space Race. Not only does the movie show the hard work these ladies clocked in, but the female empowerment that took place to achieve where they needed to be. Although the movie did a commendable job of showing women empowerment, it twisted history and added fictional events and characters to make it seem more heroic.

The movie, Hidden Figures, does an incredible job of sending an inspirational message to their audience during the movie. It shows how one can do anything they set their mind to, as long as they work hard to achieve it. In the movie, Goble, Jackson, and Vaughan fought to earn where they were in the rankings in NASA by working hard and advocating for themselves. Although they were eventually successful in doing so, they still faced hardships. These hardships included racism and sexism, as well as the challenges that come with a harder job. What makes these ladies so remarkable is how they worked hard in their day jobs and came home to take care of and work for their families’ needs. Not that many people recognized all of the women mathematicians and engineers, and this movie focused on them and brought these ladies’ stories to people's attention. Some of the hardships they faced in the movie included being successful women in a male-dominated field, being as treated as a janitor, having to attend classes at an all-white college to become an engineer (an effort to prevent blacks from becoming engineers), having your voice suppressed by others, and being withheld important information that is required to complete your work. All of these hardships were faced and overcome by Jackson, Vaughan, and Goble. Also, John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the Earth, asked Katherine Goble to double-check the calculations that the machine had made before he went on his mission to orbit the Earth. He said that he would only go as long as Goble said the numbers were correct. The movie shows how these ladies got far in NASA by working hard, despite them being in a racist and sexist world. The message this movie is trying to send is truly inspirational because the audience will be empowered to work hard for what they want.

Although Hidden Figures empowered people, especially women, to fight and work hard for what they wanted, the movie twisted the truths so that it would be dramatic and emphasize their inspirational message. One thing that was false in the movie was how Katherine Goble experienced a tremendous amount of segregation during her time working for NASA. In reality, Goble did not receive much segregation due to the fact everyone was trying to launch a man into space. The segregation she received at work was nowhere near the segregation and racism she received in the movie. Also, Paul Stafford, one of Goble’s coworkers, was made up by the director. He was made to portray the prejudiced and sexist attitudes people had towards black women at the time. The character did a multitude of derogatory actions that included demoting her to secretary, not allowing her to attend briefings, as well as deleting her byline on official reports that she had worked on. The biggest difference between the movie and the true story was that there was a multitude of people who worked on the project, not just these three ladies. There were sections and branches that reported to the directors and all of these people total up to way more than the movie portrayed. The movie added many fictional scenes to make the lives of Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan more challenging to make the movie more dramatic as well as convey the message of female empowerment.

Although the movie conveys a female empowering message, it includes many fallacies about the true story of these three women at NASA to make the movie inspirational. Overall, the movie is fantastic because it still sends an inspirational message of female empowerment to the audience and has a positive impact on them. Although these women were shown as absolutely incredible in real life and the movie, the movie also created fictional events to make their lives look even more heroic. The only reason stars were taken away from the rating was because the director made up fictional scenes and characters to dramatize the movie more, but the positive about the movie strongly outweigh the negatives. This movie should be recommended to any age group because everyone should receive the message the movie sends, which is to always work hard for what you want, no matter what. This movie should not be recommended to people who only want the history behind the movie because they might be provided with false facts. All in all, this movie should be recommended to anyone who seeks an empowering and heart-warming movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2022
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It's a movie I've watched on a streaming channel. Wanted a copy. Amazing story about Amazing woman. Woman who unfortunately had to fight hard for things that others couldn't do. Just because of the beautiful color of their skin. Horrible how people's mentalities were. And by far horrifically still are. Amazing Woman. That's it. Good for us. Amazing woman to chalk up points for woman.
EJ9291Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2022
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This movie is both historically accurate and brilliantly cast. The script is BEYOND excellent! See the sufferings endured by black victims of pre-desegregation America.
BrookReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2022
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There is nothing not to like. No filth, no foul language, encouragement for ALL women to reach for the moon in the face of any adversity. Encompasses motivation for girls and women of any colour. Study hard and never give up. Get as much education as humanly possible in order to excell in ones chosen field of expertise.
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