The Dish
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In this comedy, as American astronauts prepare to make one giant leap for mankind, a small Australian town stumbles through its own small steps to help. In the summer of 1969, Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill) leads a team of scientists overseeing the operations of one of the world's largest radio telescope dishes, nestled in a New South Wales community of sheep farmers. As NASA prepares for Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, Buxton and his crew are asked if they will allow their telescope's dish to be used as a backup receiver for the television transmission from the moon, should… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All these years later, the sight of a man walking on the surface of the moon has lost none of its power."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Makes you admire the Australian ability to make a comedy that's sincere rather than crass."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"we are all part of planet Earth, and Sitch's film reminds us without preaching"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Sitch's movie is a simple pleasure, full of memorable characters and comedy that could only occur under the direction of a patient and observant director."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Both an entertaining, instructive jaunt down memory lane and also, for the younger generation, a most palatable lesson in modern history."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"For many moviegoers, that feel-good spirit is going to be hard to resist."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A heartwarming family movie about the space race."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Sitch deserves the highest praise for recapturing the global feeling of rapture and awe at watching a man walk on the moon. ... For a few minutes we can party like it's 1969."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The Dish is a quietly inoffensive film, with a few laughs and a generally genial atmosphere."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The Dish also does a nice job of evoking what 1969 was like for people who didn't live in San Francisco, Paris or even Melbourne, Australia."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A feel-good movie that re-creates a time and place with gentle humor and a reminder that the Aussies have the right stuff, too."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A satellite dish sitting in the middle of an Australian sheep farm might not sound like the most compelling subject to base a story around, but there are hidden charms in this graceful film that add up to something quite out of the ordinary."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A tender memoir of one of the few occasions when the world united in awe."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
". In sharp contrast to most of the farces around these days, this film allows us to relax and enjoy the story without worrying about being clobbered over the head by gross-out gags."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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