Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Karan Kendrick, Aldis Hodge
Bio-drama directed and co-written by Theodore Melfi which tells the untold true story of three brilliant African-American women, Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glenn Powell) into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence and turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Young Katherine: The collateral, trapezoid, isosceles, tetrahedron.
[to Katherine’s parents]
Ms. Sumner: I’ve never seen a mind like the one your daughter has. You have to see what she becomes.
Senator: Russians have spy satellites, they’re taking pictures of God knows what! Get us up there, Harrison, so we can justify a space program that doesn’t put anything in space.
Al Harrison: We’re putting a human into space.
Paul Stafford: We bring him in too soon, he burns up on reentry.
Mary Jackson: Katherine, we’re all going to end up unemployed riding around in this pile of junk.
Dorothy Vaughn: You’re welcome to walk the sixteen miles.
Katherine Johnson: Or sit in the back of the bus.
[a police car pulls over as they are fixing their car]
White Cop: Do you have any identification on you?
Katherine Johnson: We’re just on our way to work at NASA, sir.
[she gives him her badge]
White Cop: I had no idea they hired…
Dorothy Vaughn: There’s quite a few women working in the space program.
Al Harrison: Do you know what we’re doing here, we’re putting a human on top of a missile shooting into space and it’s never been done before.
Al Harrison: I need a mathematician that can look beyond the numbers, a math that doesn’t yet exist, before the Russians plant a flag on the damn moon.
Vivian Michael: Space test needs a computer. Do you have someone?
Dorothy Vaughn: Yeah, Katherine is the gal for that. She can handle any number you put in front of her.
Vivian Michael: [to Katherine] They’ve never had a colored in her, don’t embarrass me.
[hands Katherine their garbage bin as she turns up to work on her first day]
Man: This wasn’t emptied last night.
Katherine Johnson: Sorry, I’m not the ja…
Dorothy Vaughn: The IBM data processing system, we have to know how to program it.
Mary Jackson: That Colonel Jim is a tall glass of water. He’s coming over.
Katherine Johnson: Now why would he be doing that?
Dorothy Vaughn: Because Mary’s waving at him.
Katherine Johnson: No!
[as Jim Johnson comes over]
Mary Jackson: Dorothy, slice of pie?
Dorothy Vaughn: I’d love one.
[as Mary and Dorothy leave Katherine alone with Jim]
Katherine Johnson: You already have a slice of pie though.
Jim Johnson: You’re their computer at NASA. They let women handle that sort of…
Katherine Johnson: Yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.
Mary Jackson: We go from being our father’s daughters to our husbands wives to our baby’s mothers.
Joylette Johnson: You’ve been gone for three hundred hours.
Katherine Johnson: What’s mama gone for twelve and a half days?
Joylette Johnson: No, but it felt like that.
Katherine Johnson: It felt like it to me too.
Al Harrison: It’s crunch time, in fourteen days the astronauts will be here for training. Everything we do is going to matter to their wives, to their children, I believe it’s going to matter to the whole damn country.
Dorothy Vaughn: My gals are ready, we can do the work.
Dorothy Vaughn: That’s John Glenn.
John Glenn: What do you ladies do for NASA?
Katherine Johnson: Calculate your trajectories.
John Glenn: Well I can’t get anywhere without the numbers.
Mary Jackson: Engineer, and I’m proud as the devil to be working with you.
[referring to the astronauts]
Katherine Johnson: How could you possibly be ogling these white men?
Mary Jackson: It’s equal rights, I have the right to see fine in every color.
Paul Stafford: There’s no protocol for women attending.
Katherine Johnson: There’s no protocol for man circling the earth either, sir.
Vivian Michael: NASA doesn’t commission females for the engineer program.
[to Katherine and Dorothy]
Mary Jackson: Every time we have a chance to get ahead they move the finish line. Every time.
Vivian Michael: You all should be thankful you have jobs at all.
Al Harrison: You’re never where I need you to be. Where the hell do you go everyday?
Katherine Johnson: The colored bathroom is a mile away.
Al Harrison: [to Stafford] We all get to the peek together or we don’t get there at all.
Karl Zielinski: Let me ask you, if you were a white male would you wish to be an engineer?
Mary Jackson: I wouldn’t have to, I’d already be one.
Karl Zielinski: You should be an engineer.
Mary Jackson: I’m a negro woman, I’m not going to entertain the impossible.
Karl Zielinski: I’m standing beneath a spaceship, we are living the impossible!
Katherine Johnson: I don’t even know if I can keep up in that room.
Dorothy Vaughn: You’re better with the numbers than anyone in there, Katherine.
Al Harrison: John, the IBM is rolling.
John Glenn: Let’s get the girls to check the numbers.
Katherine Johnson: Colonel Glenn?
John Glenn: It’s good to know that NASA hasn’t given up on good old-fashioned brain power.
Hidden Figures is set for release in the US January 13th and UK February 24th.