PG | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Screenwriter Allison Schroeder grew up close to Cape Canaveral. Her grandparents worked at NASA, and as a teenager, she interned at NASA herself, and therefore saw the film as an ideal fit for her.
Civil rights ain't always civil.
When John Glenn's go/no-go coordinates determined by the IBM 7090 are being validated by Katherine, Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) comments that she calculated more digits than "the machine". We later see Katherine's coordinates written down and are to 6 digits of precision. The Fortran program in the 7090 would have used double precision floating point numbers to do the calculation. Double precision floating point yields 16 significant digits. Kevin's comments might have been salesmanship, but unfortunately in reality the computer wins.
$515,499 (USA) (23 December 2016)
$169,274,813 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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