Hidden Figures

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

This film was adapted from the excellent book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race , which is also now available in a Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition for ages 8 to 13.

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Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 9 and up
Actors Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner
Director Theodore Melfi
Running Time 127 minutes
Studio 20th Century Fox
Release Date Apr 11, 2017
Language English