The Dish

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Overview

In this comedy, as American astronauts prepare to make one giant leap for mankind, a small Australian town stumbles through its own small steps to help. In the summer of 1969, Cliff Buxton Sam Neill leads a team of scientists overseeing the operations of one of the world's largest radio telescope dishes, nestled in a New South Wales community of sheep farmers. As NASA prepares for Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, Buxton and his crew are asked if they will allow their telescope's dish to be used as ...
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Overview

In this comedy, as American astronauts prepare to make one giant leap for mankind, a small Australian town stumbles through its own small steps to help. In the summer of 1969, Cliff Buxton Sam Neill leads a team of scientists overseeing the operations of one of the world's largest radio telescope dishes, nestled in a New South Wales community of sheep farmers. As NASA prepares for Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, Buxton and his crew are asked if they will allow their telescope's dish to be used as a backup receiver for the television transmission from the moon, should the main receiver in California fail. Buxton and his men are more than happy to help, and the village is agog as they gear up for their own small part in one of the world's greatest adventures. Mayor McIntyre Roy Billing and his wife May Genevieve Mooy are thrilled to be greeting a small but steady stream of important visitors, though many of the locals are not especially good with etiquette, and several members of Buxton's team, most notably high-strung Mitch Kevin Harrington, are less than enthusiastic about Al Burnett Patrick Warburton, the know-it-all NASA technician brought in to oversee the Australian operations. When a change in Apollo 11's schedule means the Australian dish will have to pick up the vital broadcast from the moon, Cliff, Mitch, and Al must put aside their differences to pull the show together. Though played for laughs, The Dish was inspired by actual events.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The worst thing anyone could possibly say about this thoroughly likable Australian comedy-drama is that it's a bit slight in material and presentation. It can be persuasively argued, however, that an ancillary quality to the proceedings is very much the intention of filmmaker Rob Sitch, whose previous film The Castle (1997) was another Down Under hit centered upon material that seemed picayune at first glance. The inherent charm of mounting a feature film about the guys who monitor NASA space flights from an Australian sheep pasture isn't lost on Sitch or his trio of screenwriters. They gleefully poke gentle fun at rural customs and aspirations, while making much of the conflict between the characters' simple lives and their history-making undertaking. Anchoring the film and providing some emotional heft is Sam Neill, whose affectionate and sly rendering of the Ward Cleaver-style hero archetype is even presented with a Mr. Rogers-style sweater and a pipe. Notable too is Patrick Warburton, who adds a notch to his professional belt with another riff on the chisel-jawed, square-shouldered all-American who's not quite as he appears. Yes, it's pre-programmed, lacking in subtlety, and a small film in every sense, but The Dish is also very satisfying storytelling and a first-rate imported comedy with wide appeal. It will certainly find favor with fans of such recent British fare as Waking Ned Devine (1998), Saving Grace (2000), and Greenfingers (2001).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 883316677025
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,902

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill Cliff Buxton
Kevin Harrington Ross "Mitch" Mitchell
Tom Long Glenn Latham
Patrick Warburton Al Burnett
Genevieve Mooy May McIntyre
Tayler Kane Rudi Kellerman
Billie Brown Prime Minister
Roy Billing Mayor Bob McIntyre
Andrew S. Gilbert Len Purvis
Lenka Kripac Marie McIntyre
Matthew Moore Keith Morrison
Eliza Szonert Janine Kellerman
John McMartin U.S. Ambassador
Carl Snell Billy McIntyre
Rosalind Hammond Miss Nolan
Technical Credits
Rob Sitch Director, Screenwriter
Jill Bilcock Editor
Edmund Choi Score Composer
Santo Cilauro Producer, Screenwriter
Tom Gleisner Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Hirsh Executive Producer
Carrie Kennedy Production Designer
Jane Kennedy Score Composer, Casting, Producer, Screenwriter
Annie Maver Asst. Director
Ben Morieson Art Director
Roger Savage Sound/Sound Designer
Kitty Stuckey Costumes/Costume Designer
Graeme Wood Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dish
1. Lunar Age Montage. [4:16]
2. The Dish's Crew. [3:54]
3. Everyone's Work. [3:26]
4. Town Abuzz. [2:29]
5. Liftoff Of Apollo 11. [4:48]
6. Explaining To Janine. [4:46]
7. Responsible Parties. [3:51]
8. Respect And Authorization. [2:41]
9. Part Of Something Big. [4:35]
10. National Anthem. [1:58]
11. Lights Out. [3:06]
12. Houston, We Have No Problem. [2:57]
13. Commitment. [4:40]
14. Copy That. [5:06]
15. Back On Line. [3:41]
16. Come Together. [5:18]
17. It's A Date. [2:13]
18. Lunch With The McIntyres. [3:20]
19. Exciting Events. [4:24]
20. The Eagle Has Landed. [3:43]
21. Dangerous Winds. [3:45]
22. Time To Dare. [4:07]
23. Into Position. [2:00]
24. One Giant Leap. [4:48]
25. Here's To Parkes. [2:51]
26. Quite A Buzz. [2:06]
27. Coda And End Credits. [5:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Dish
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      Cast & Crew
         Sam Neill
         Kevin Harrington
         Patrick Warburton
         Rob Sitch
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         Français Subtitles: On
         Español Subtitles: On
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That moment

    Better than any other, this film caught the moment when we all felt the awe and wonder of that giant leap. If it doesn't move you to tears, you have a heart of stone. Also, there's the Oz take on the American National Anthem - delightful. This one belongs next to Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    Human Foibles in the midst of history

    Each time I see it, its funnier and more poignant. A cross between the Theme for The Common Man and the triumph of the human spirit. If you need a lift sometime this movie will provide it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta love it

    My oh my, this should be in your collection with Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, and 2001.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie with Lots of Laughs and a Few Tears

    What a wonderful movie! Even though it is a little loose with the facts on what part the Dish played in the Apollo 11's flight (it did play an important part, just not quite as important as we see in the movie). Check out the 'Net for the real history of who did what on the ground. The actors in this movie are so good they make you want to go out and look up their other efforts. Sam Neill is better in this than either Jurassic Park movie. Scene: the town pub owner is amazed at the American asking for pretzels with his beer. It catches you often with similar things you would ask like how do they go to the bathroom up in space ? and the need for NASA type security in a sheep pasture? The soundtrack is definitely some of the best of the 60s original recordings and worth buying on its own.

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    Posted February 25, 2009

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