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The Dish

A movie directed by Rob Sitch

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A beautiful and touching movie - and based on a true story!

  • Oct 3, 2007
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Anyone of a certain age can remember what they were doing when they saw Neil Armstrong land on the moon. What many of us don't realise however, is how close the world came to not actually seeing that historic event, and this delightful movie is the story of how it was that we did and can remember it to this day.

The dish in question is a very large satellite dish, in the middle of a sheep field, in country Australia (and where incidentally, it still stands today). It is the story of the people who operated it - a collection of intelligent and dare we say, nerdy men who tracked Apollo 11 with less computing power than most of us have in our personal organisers.

This has the potential to be a phenomenally boring film; however it is completely the opposite. It is charming, witty, and even manages to generate a little suspense as the big event looms. It is an absolute gem.

If you have members of your family who remember that special time, and were captivated by the magic of it all, encourage them to watch this beautiful film and be enchanted all over again. There is really nothing negative that can be said about it - it is purely delightful.

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review by . June 09, 2002
If the Right Stuff was the epic story of the Space Program on a grand scale, then The Dish is the reduction of the story of the Apollo 11 landing to a very human scale. It centers around the role that a radio telescope in Australia played in receiving and relaying the actual television pictures from Apollo 11 to the Earth, and on the few people who actually struggled to get it done.   In a very quiet but moving way, it portrays how Apollo 11 did 'come in peace for all mankind', unifying …
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The Dish, a good-natured and effortlessly funny Australian drama-comedy directed by Rob Sitch (The Castle), is filled with warm-hearted characters and has a factual hook that's irresistibly inspiring. This cumulative goodwill springs forth from the rural town of Parkes in New South Wales, where a 1,000-ton radio observatory dish is recruited to relay telemetry, voice, and television signals from the historicApollo 11moon landing in July 1969. To make sure the dish delivers Neil Armstrong's "giant leap for mankind" to 600 million eager viewers, site director Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill, at his gentle best) relies on a three-man crew consisting of an American NASA watchdog (Patrick Warburton, resembling a bearish Clark Kent), a sarcastic engineer (Kevin Harrington), and a lovestruck math whiz (Tom Long) who's pining for the sister of the dish's rather dimly overzealous security guard (Taylor Kane).

Numerous other supporting characters add color to the proceedings, and crises arise (albeit briefly) when power outage, signal loss, and windstorms threaten to spoil Parkes's proudest hour. It all rates a bit high on the cuteness meter, but The Dish is so smoothly amusing that you won't object to its eagerness to please. By focusing on the Aussie locals, the film reminds us that the moon landing was an occasion of global unity, and pride in all humanity is reflected in the wondrous smiles of Cliff, his crew, and the citizens of Parkes. That they played such a small but pivotal role in ...

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Director: Rob Sitch
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2001
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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