Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Movie You Might Have Missed: 20

This is a real favorite of Tom's and the combination of gentle humor with realism is a winning combination.
20. The Dish

In 1969, viewing the Apollo moon landing depends on a satellite dish in Australia that is smack dab in the middle of a sheep pasture. Along with everything else, the local technicians must deal with their natural annoyance at having a NASA man foisted upon them to make sure everything goes ok while the locals feel understandable pride at being in the center of an international spotlight. Based on a true story, The Dish brims with understated wit that shows the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while taking us back to the true wonder of what it meant to watch a man walk upon the moon.


  1. We just watched this last week. Very nice, although we thought it was funny that nobody cussed and nobody smoked!

  2. Great film... I had no idea about the drama that took place in Australia during the moon landing until I saw this movie.

  3. Thank you for that recommendation! That really took me back.

  4. Great Australian movie. love it.