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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Patrick Warburton, Genevieve Mooy
  • Directors: Rob Sitch
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A33J8YS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

It’s the biggest event since sheep invented wool! Apollo 11’s astronauts will walk on the moon – and the 1,000-ton satellite dish in tiny, sheep-farming Parkes, Australia, will beam that historic first step around the globe. But as giddy citizens prepare for the moment when the entire world will depend on them, the dish flatlines. And its unconventional Aussie crew and its by-the-book NASA supervisor from the U.S. have very different ideas about how to fix it.

A culture clash of cosmic proportions erupts in this fact-based tale of how the biggest televised event in history was almost not televised. The Dish, with Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld) and others in a skilled ensemble portraying a spirited array of techies and townies, “will send you to the moon and back laughing” (Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun).

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The acting is great, the dialogue is fantastic.
Jenelle Schmidt: KING'S WARRIOR
The story is BASED on the true events and very accurately portrays the times, the people and the culture.
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My son loves this movie so I finally found it for his birthday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Pirahna on September 22, 2013
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This is just a charming movie. What it was like to be alive in '69. You really could understand how someone might think the anthem was the theme from Hawaii '50. Woodstock, Apollo 11, and the 'Nam. This movie takes me back. Always loved Australia(1st R'nR) This movie gives you an idea about how cool the people are there. Plus dedicated people trying to get a job done, Wink at the moon, not just for Neil Armstrong(I think he would tell you that it took a lot of people's help to get that first small step). This truly is a gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claire Lovering on January 13, 2013
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Very interesting & enjoyable - learnt a lot about the history of the event as well as some facts about australia
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Gress on January 4, 2013
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Really enjoyed watching this. It was both funny and inspiring. I'm sure my mom and step dad will love this gift.
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I am so glad this movie has been reissued. It is based on a true story, so you know how it's going to end. But like "Apollo 13", knowing how it's going to end doesn't stop it from being a great story.

The tag line on the DVD is "The First Step on the Moon Nearly Stumbled on Earth". It's July 1969, and Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong are going to be the first humans ever to step on the lunar surface. NASA is prepared. A camera is going to film those first steps and everybody on earth will be able to watch it on their televisions. Two Australian satellite dishes are prepared to accept and relay the moonshot-video when the NASA satellite dishes in the U.S. are on the wrong side of earth to receive them. The Dish outside the town of Parkes, Australia, set up in the middle of a sheep paddock, is really just a back-up to the other Australian dish, and besides, the moonwalk isn't scheduled to take place until the U.S. dish will be in line to accept the transmissions.

But then the astronauts decide to move up the walk - they're too excited to sleep, for pete's sake - wouldn't you be?! So the walk will take place when the Australian dishes are in line for the transmissions. Then, oh boy, the primary Australian dish has a problem and goes off-line. That leaves The Dish in Parkes responsible for relaying this world-altering incredible video to NASA, then to be broadcast to everyone's TV set worldwide. No pressure - HAH!

With hours to go before the walk, the power in Parkes goes out due to a gale wind. Then their back-up generator doesn't work due to a maintenance mistake. What the sam hill are they going to do? Or to be specific, what is Sam Neill going to do, because he plays The Dish's lead scientist/mathematician, Cliff Buxton.
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A great story, well presented and bursting with humanity. The radio telescope in Parkes Australia is to be used for relaying video from the moon walk. The movie tells of technical problems; loss of computer data, and weather problems; a windstorm that forces them to use the dish well outside of its envelope of safe operations.

The cover photo could be interpreted as some zany comedy but this is not that sort of movie. It's a drama, has more than a little comic relief, but also presents the stories of the men at the dish, the NASA employee that is sent to Parkes, and the community which takes great pride in being an integral part of mankind's greatest feat of exploration.

It's also a time capsule. Much as American Graffiti made you feel like you were back in '62, this movie captures the zeitgeist of 1969 perfectly from the music (Classical Gas being played as the dish moved was a master stroke) to the mood of the times, portrayed by an angry teenaged girl the was very vocal about her causes.

Perhaps my favorite part of this movie is the portrayal of the townspeople. After watching this movie I want to hop into a time machine and move to Parkes in 1969. Everyone is so human and so humane, as portrayed in the movie. It's Mayberry writ large.

This is one of my favorite movies and I'm surprised that it is not more recognized.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous when Cooking on July 16, 2013
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Wonderful, less known aspect of the historic first walk on the moon, the televising of which depended upon a satellite dish in the southern hemisphere and the tiny staff of scientists and engineers who operated it, while not practicing cricket in the dish itself. This is not fiction but the true story of what happened before the world saw man take his first step on the moon.

Long before the first attempt to walk on the moon, NASA scientists realized that with the earth's rotation, North American satellite dishes might not be in alignment to receive the moon-based signals. So they prepared for this by finding a suitable dish in the southern hemisphere. They found it in a tiny town and in the midst of a sheep pasture. Come time to ready the dish for the momentous occasion, its staff have to deal with a NASA rep, played brilliantly by Patrick Warburton. One grouch anticipates nothing but condescension from the American but everyone feels at a disadvantage. It was going to be a huge moment on the world stage, not only for this small town and its ambitious mayor, but for Australia. That is, until an electrical outage took the satellite offline and fried the computer positioning it. Now, the staff and the unflappable NASA guy face worldwide embarrassment and unemployment.

How the Aussies and the American bamboozle their bosses to buy time, scramble to recreate the complicated data (with slide rules, yes, slide rules!) and manage to find that teeny tiny blip on the face of the moon a quarter of a million miles away was rousing, hilarious and ultimately very, very moving. I had no idea how close the world came to not seeing the Neil Armstrong jump down to the dusty moon's surface and bounce around. Nor did I have any appreciation of Australia's extraordinary role in bringing those indelible images to us everywhere. All involved in the production were wonderful, actors, screenwriter(s?), director. This is wonderful, simply wonderful.
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