Hidden Figures [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2016]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2432 out of 2441)

Special Features


  • A spiritual journey-the music of the film
  • Audio commentary by director Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson
  • Deleted scenes
  • Filming in Georgia
  • Gallery
  • It all adds Up: the making of Hidden Figures: No Limits-the life of Kathering Johnson
  • Moving the decimal-honoring Katherine Johnson
  • Recreating an era
  • The right people for the job
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Hidden Figures
Three female African-American mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia L. Spencer, and Janelle Monae) provide crucial calculations for NASA's space race against the Soviets, all while dealing with the racist and sexist assumptions of their white co-workers. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons co-star in this adaptation of the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Directed by Theodore Melfi. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Taraji P. Henson
    Taraji P. Henson - Katherine Johnson
  • Octavia Spencer
    Octavia Spencer - Dorothy Vaughan
  • Janelle Monae
    Janelle Monae - Mary Jackson
  • Jim Parsons
    Jim Parsons - Paul Stafford
  • Kirsten Dunst
    Kirsten Dunst - Vivian Mitchell



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining & Uplifting

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    VandyPrice
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    Hidden Figures could have easily been one of those films that plays things right down the middle. Mainstream to the max. A standard structure with a likeable cast delivering an uplifting and equally heartwarming story that inspires us all to live our lives in something of a better fashion and to many ends-it is exactly that. That may sound as if I'm coming out the gate reducing the film to cliché via expectation, but it is how Hidden Figures both uses such identifiers to its advantage without reducing itself to those overused thoughts that make it charming while still routine. Exciting while ultimately a little obvious. It is a film with just the right amount of sass and just the right amount of authenticity to meet somewhere in the middle between a made for TV movie and that of a larger budget biopic, but this time with three central characters rather than just one formerly famous person. What Hidden Figures does so deftly is suggest how well-known its three protagonists should be rather than playing off how well known they clearly aren't. That their accomplishments are far greater than anything any musician or actor might be able to contribute to society, but due to the fact their profession is much less attractive (and their circumstances even less so) than performing on stage they seem fated to go down in history with little to no recognition. As these things tend to go though, Hollywood can't ignore a good underdog story, but when this is true in terms of something as large as the legacy of both the three individuals whose lives this film chronicles as well as all the women and women of color that these three stand to represent, such Hollywood reliabilities aren't always such a bad thing. From the director of the safe, but pleasing St. Vincent comes another competently made piece of cinema that exercises its big heart and sentimental streak in ways that are familiar, but that are executed so well and with such strong characters that it's impossible not to find yourself drawn to the satisfying journey Hidden Figures takes us on. Juggling three individual arcs with multiple facets within each and a scope that deals in the space race of the 1960's Hidden Figures is certainly a much more ambitious project than that of director Theodore Melfi's previous film, but one that he handles with assured grace as in only his second feature Melfi has proven he has the rare talent of crafting movies that are unabashedly feel-good while not allowing the saccharine aspects to overstep their boundaries forcing the story and the characters that craft that story to be as authentic as the beats are familiar.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A truly great audience picture

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    "Hidden Figures" has become a mammoth box-office hit and it may be the best audience picture of 2016. It's only the second feature from young Brooklyn producer and director, Theodore Melfi, who two years previously had directed the Bill Murray-Melissa McCarthy comedy, "St. Vincent", a 2015 Golden Globe nominee. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book by Margo Lee Shetterly, "Hidden Figures" tells the incredibly true if previously little-known story of how three black women mathematicians working for the US Space Program at the Langley Research Center in Virginia became essential in launching John Glenn into orbit. What makes this topnotch entertainment is how the screenplay easily injects humor and emotion into the drama set in a significant cultural time, as well as the performances by the three women: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, with Henson as the standout playing Katherine G. Johnson, a woman who was a veritable genius in calculating Glenn's flight trajectories. An added plus is that Kevin Costner, playing the director of the Space Task Group, is the best he's been in years. Though sometimes reminiscent of the great 1983 Philip Kaufman film, "The Right Stuff", this film's focus is centered more on the events occurring during the civil rights era when the African-American workers couldn't even use the same rest rooms as the whites. While not a work of cinema art, this is a film most audiences will take to their hearts. Highly recommended to all, but most especially to the older viewers who dust off their cardigan jackets and get out to the movies only once a year.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hidden Treasure

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    In “Hidden Figures ", we have the stories of three famous black women who made history. All, three, remarkable in their mathematical and computer intelligence, worked for NASA in the Colored Computer program. These women knew their work and knew their worth, but had two strikes against them, one they were women, two, they were black. We meet them at work and at home and get to know them personally, that is the brilliance of this film. We meet Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer. She is acting Supervisor of the Colored Computer division. She was not deemed worthy of the actual title because she was black. Tataji P. Henson plays Katherine Jackson, widowed mother of three girls. She is the mathematical genius, and is asked to work on the plans for getting the US's space program working. Their colleague, Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, goes on to become the first black engineer at NASA. Their workplace difficulties were caused by their race, and this film makes it quite apparent what these women went through with their quiet dignity. Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, is their boss. He noted Katherine's brilliance and used her to lead the program. However, it was the other white men and women who held her back, never noting her work, nor the fact she had to walk a mile to the only colored restrooms. This film brings the racism alive but in a quiet manner. We see it, we weep our tears, but they kept themselves together.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Want more movies like this!

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    We need more movies like this. This is a story about the unsung heroines who helped calculate the orbits for the space program. We always see the astronauts and mission control, so it was refreshing to see a story behind the trenches. Not only that, but these women were brilliant at a time when women and especially black women didn't do math or science (or full time jobs!). I had no clue these women even existed and am rather ticked that they are only now getting widespread recognition. This is such an inspiring story for any young women looking to break into science, math, computer or engineering fields. The acting was excellent and there was plenty of humor sprinkled around. There was a mix of old footage to supplement the new to give a well rounded look at what went on during the time of the launches. Anyone else bite their nails even though we know John Glenn made it ok? lol! Although there was some uncomfortable racist/sexist stuff these women had to slog through, it was more of the subtle type which can be harder to deal with than in your face stuff. I liked how the people changed when confronted directly. I especially loved the 'this is the way it is' entrenched mentality that both whites and blacks had to overcome. It gave a mild yet realistic portrayal of the obstacles these ladies had to deal with in addition to their work and made me respect them even more. I totally recommend this for anyone interested in the space program and science stuff.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NASA and underdogs!

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    This is a story about the unsung heroines who helped calculate the orbits for the space program. We always see the astronauts and mission control, so it was refreshing to see a story behind the trenches. Not only that, but these women were brilliant at a time when women and especially black women didn't do math or science (or full time jobs!). I had no clue these women even existed and am rather ticked that they are only now getting widespread recognition. This is such an inspiring story for any young women looking to break into science, math, computer or engineering fields. The acting was excellent and there was plenty of humor sprinkled around. There was a mix of old footage to supplement the new to give a well rounded look at what went on during the time of the launches. Anyone else bite their nails even though we know John Glenn made it ok? lol! Although there was some uncomfortable racist/sexist stuff these women had to slog through, it was more of the subtle type which can be harder to deal with than in your face stuff. I liked how the people changed when confronted directly. I especially loved the 'this is the way it is' entrenched mentality that both whites and blacks had to overcome. It gave a mild yet realistic portrayal of the obstacles these ladies had to deal with in addition to their work and made me respect them even more. I totally recommend this for anyone interested in the space program and science stuff.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    How has this story been kept quiet?

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    This story is a VERY important story in the fight for equality. More on that later. Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Boast but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's (Oppo) upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal. I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. I found the film to be An excellent story. It was fascinating and griping. Most people hear about the struggles that African Americans (Now just Americans) went through to gain equality. This film blended a perfect balance of story with that struggle, and by story I mean the SPACE RACE!!!!! I loved this film. Its a 5 star enjoyment that I will watch over and over throughout the years. The visuals and sound were stunning. The balance of original footage was superb!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie! Hidden too Long!!

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    This movie unveils the contributions of three (3) African American Women to the success of the early NASA Space Missions. It also reveals the struggles that our society faced during the segregated 60's specifically for Blacks as a whole, but particularly for working African American Women. It deals with even after proof of these remarkable accomplishments, they were given minimal credit for so long. This movie captures the strength that it took to work and survive under these unfair, and unjust situations in an racially divided society. The film humanizes them by showing their realistic family and private lives, It is a testament to true equality of the human spirit, regardless of the conditions to the racially biased political and social climate that existed.There is some well placed sensitive humor, but this story is both inspirational and heartwarming.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Movie on Untold Stories about NASA

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    I have worked for NASA and have heard this and other stories about NASA's past. These stories are part of the history of those that work there, where it is Langley, Cape Canaveral, Cape Kennedy, AMES, Niels Armstrong (formally Dryden), JPL, Goddard, Marshall, etc. Each of the NASA facilities have stories to share, but not all have been told. Most are focused on the airplanes or space programs. But, the best stories are the personal ones like Hidden Figures. And they need to be told. How do you find these stories? Read the NASA News of the past, talk to the employees that are or will be soon retiring, or contact the Public Affairs office. There are thousands of stories of technology and passion of the people that work there. Do you know the Dryden stories such as only Female pilot of the SR-71 (Marta Bohn-Meyer, 1990-2005), the Tire Assault Vehicle (Special to RC Modeler Magazine, Sept 1995), the Sows Ear and Silk Purse Aircraft (two F18 prototypes that changed the roll of aircraft), etc.,

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