movie thoughts: The Dish (2000)

This little movie was easy to miss when it first came out.  I think I only discovered it as a random flip through HBO back in the day.  Now they are running it over and over on cable, perhaps because it takes place in July? 

This is a great little movie, taking you behind the scenes of the original moon landing.  Only one satellite dish in the world was positioned so that video footage could be transmitted back to Earth from the moon.  And that dish was located in Parkes, Australia.  Parkes is a very small town, with more sheep than people. 

This is just a nice movie.  No villians, no badguys, just good men and women working hard and working together to do something for the whole world.  All of the actors are great, with Sam Neill (Reilly: Ace of Spies, Jurassic Park) and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick, Emperor’s New Groove) as the Australian engineer in charge of the dish and the NASA rep sent to assist in the job. 

For some reason, the sequence of the moon walk, seeing the reactions in the dish, in the town, and around the world — makes me chest get tight.  What a thing to witness.

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