A group of African-American women were some of the brains behind the successful launch of Friendship 7—the space capsule in which John Glenn orbited the Earth three times—, and would later participate in the Apollo 11 program.
Hidden Figures is a winning movie on many levels: it brings girl power to new heights, showing that great minds aren't defined or confined by gender, or color, for that matter, and celebrates the remarkable achievements of African-American women at NASA, who were pioneers in many ways. Hidden Figures is also a great example that there are many stories to be told in the categories discussed above, and they can be done without compromising esthetics or involving profanity.
I was very impressed with the topic of the movie, with the all-star ensemble cast that precisely due to gender and race differences make this movie work to perfection. I was quite taken with the musical score of the movie that made ample use of theme songs to highlight situations, such as Katherine running almost a mile every time she needed to use the bathroom at the rhythm of the toilet song.
The indignities that were part of the everyday life for African-Americans are cursory—times were beginning to change, and the setting of the movie is not the Deep South but West Virginia—, but told with pathos.
Cast: Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Goble-Johnson), Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson), Kevin Costner (Al Harrison), Mahershala Ali (Colonel Jim Johnson), Kirsten Dunst (Mrs. Mitchell), Jim Parsons (Paul Stafford)
"Civil Rights ain't always civil."
"Here at NASA, we all pee the same color."
'"But within these walls who, eh...who makes the rules?"
"You sir, you are the boss. You just have to act like one."'