The Dish
The Dish (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A feel good movie without an abundance of mush.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

All these years later, the sight of a man walking on the surface of the moon has lost none of its power.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post

Makes you admire the Australian ability to make a comedy that's sincere rather than crass.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

we are all part of planet Earth, and Sitch's film reminds us without preaching

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Both an entertaining, instructive jaunt down memory lane and also, for the younger generation, a most palatable lesson in modern history.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For many moviegoers, that feel-good spirit is going to be hard to resist.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A heartwarming family movie about the space race.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
i liked it! its a nice little cute movie thats amausing in places and quite good fun movie that leaves you happy, and of course sam neill looks gorgeous as… More
Dean McKenna
Very good comedy-drama story of the receiving dish in Parkes, NSW that celebrates this great achievement and the Aussie battlers that made this monumental… More
Thomas Bowler
Fantastic Aussie film. Full review later
Marcus Woolcott
How much you like this film will depend on how much you like custard. Now, custard is all very well - I've nothing against it, but not many people will… More
Candy Rose
Based on a true story Sam Neill and his team in Australia are responsible for beaming the image of Neil Armstrong's moon landing around the world.
Barry Lappin
Really enjoyable film....