The Dish

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: March 14, 2001

Current rating: Rating: 4.65
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Cast: Sam Neill, Roy Billing, Patrick Warburton, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Bille Brown


Based on a true story, in 1969, a satellite dish in Parkes, Australia served as a backup relay between NASA and Apollo 11 during their historic mission to the moon. But when there is a last-minute flight schedule change it is up to Australia to broadcast man walking on the moon to the entire world.

To prepare the Australians for the big event, a representitive from NASA (Warburton) is sent. But a week before the launch, tension rises between him and the scientists (Neill, Long, Harrington) as cultures clash.

After Apollo XI takes off, disaster strikes when they loose contact with the ship. To save their reputations, the three scientists, the American and the Australian Prime Minister (Brown) work together to try and relocate the craft. And to make matters worse, a dangerous freak storm hits.

Director: Rob Sitch
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy
Screenplay: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch
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  • 5 stars "A great movie without blowing stuff up! Plus the equipment props in the movie you can actually buy at many hamradio flea markets!! My Tektronix mainframe Oscilloscope and all the plug-ins from that era still looks and works great!"