Sunday, March 2, 2008

Movie Review: The Dish (2000)

Starring: Sam Neil, Patrick Warburton
Director: Rob Sitch
Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13

In 1969 man is days away from landing on the moon and NASA wants the entire world to see it on TV. Hey wait a minute, there is a large satellite dish in the middle of a sheep farm in Australia. The Australians quickly agree to give NASA all that it can. It becomes the biggest news it ever hit Parkes, Australia. They will be smack dab in the middle of history.
The team in Australia consists of three local men and a man from NASA. Sam Neil (Jurassic Park) pays the leader of the local crew. Of course, not everything runs smoothly. Problems with human error and winds gusting up to 60 mph wreak havoc on the dish engineers and their attempt to have continual communication with NASA. Will everyone with a TV in the southern hemisphere be able to see one of the biggest achievements in human history? Based on a true story, The Dish shows a lot of actual footage which is a great touch.

The Dish also has a great soundtrack with music from 1969. The soundtrack won the ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack Album. With a great cast of characters, this movie is a must for any space buff or anyone curious about the events of July 19, 1969.

"Not everyone at NASA is a hotshot college genius. The guy I most admire is from a one-horse town in Ohio."

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