The Dish

The Dish

2000
Comedy
1h 41m
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. (imdb)
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The Dish

2000
Comedy
1h 41m
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Rated 15 Aug 2020
45
20th
Australian's as Antipodean nitwits does not make a film. Some funny moments and interesting reflections on the moon landing as part of Australia's history, but not a lot else to entice the viewer.
Rated 17 Nov 2018
71
37th
Easy-going drama like they rarely make these days. You have to be in the mood for that, but if you are, this is a completely enjoyable and charming well-made film.
Rated 08 Mar 2022
69
35th
An inoffensive little film, though one with plenty of fudgery in how it dramatises and embellishes the real story. But without that, the film would be threadbare, and these moments of tension don't feel too contrived and offer up some (needed) excitement.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
75
65th
A charming, funny and enjoyable film. The music is great too. Hands up who thinks that the Hawaii 5-0 theme is better than the Star Spangled Banner?
Rated 17 May 2010
48
23rd
Just boring
Rated 08 Jan 2015
85
83rd
84.500
Rated 06 Aug 2021
50
6th
5????????????
Rated 04 Mar 2011
50
15th
Boring.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
21st
Yet another Australian 'comedy' although this one is actually halfway decent, brought to you by the Working Dog gang.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
39th
Impossible to resist moon landing tale with cute characters & idiotic framing sequence. Let's face it, when ya bust out stock Saturn V launch & moon walk footage, steep it in the awe it naturally inspires, there's nothing to do besides enjoy the trance.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
65
73rd
Good.
Rated 16 Jan 2013
6
43rd
Engaging, low key small town drama full of likeable characters.
Rated 03 Aug 2019
64
50th
Would have been better without the opening and closing scenes.
Rated 18 Nov 2011
49
22nd
Cute, warm comedy about one of the radio telescopes that made sure there were TV pictures of the moon landing. Unfortunately it really doesn't have much more than "cute and warm" to offer; despite fibbing a bit to add extra excitement, the film doesn't really do anything with the story.
Rated 17 Feb 2024
50
44th
I don't know if the two dramatic hurdles that are presented actually happened, but they feel manufactured. There are decent characterizations and laughs otherwise.

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