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Hidden Figures Movie Quotes

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Hidden Figures movie quotes provide the dialogue for the film about the brilliant female African American mathematicians who helped NASA and the mission for the first American man orbiting Earth. The biographical drama, which was based on true events, was adapted into a screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi based off of the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Theodore Melfi directed Hidden Figures, which opened in theaters on December 25, 2016.

In Hidden Figures, it's the late 1960s and NASA is racing with the Russians to win the space race. As NASA, including Space Task Group Director Al Harrison (Kevin Costner), is preparing to launch John Glenn into space on the Apollo 11 mission, they know that what they are doing is equally dangerous as it is groundbreaking. 

Accordingly, they ask for some of the best minds in mathematics to join their team and an unlikely brilliant mind arises. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), along with colleagues Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), join NASA as part of a segregated computer division. While these women work tirelessly for NASA and are key to the mission's success, their personal success is overshadowed by the continuing equal rights struggles for Black women at the time.

Hidden Figures movie quotes give a sneak peek into the film just as movie quotes for other films do, including for Live by Night, Fences, Silence, and Why Him?

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    There is No Protocol

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    Paul Stafford: There is no protocol for women attending.
    Katherine Johnson: There's no protocol for a man circling the earth either, sir.
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    Mary Jackson: Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line, every time.

    Katherine is frustrated and angry when she learns that she and her other female teammates will not be allowed into a meeting. Mary echoes the frustration and feels that for every step forward they make, they take another step right back.

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      Our Father's Daughters

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      Mary Jackson: We go from being our father's daughters, to our husband's wives to our babies' mothers.

      Mary describes life as a typical woman in her time in this Hidden Figures movie quote. In turn, she also describes yearning for accomplishing more in her life than just being a wife and mother.

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        The Right to See Fine in Any Color

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        John Glenn: What do you ladies do for NASA?
        Katherine Johnson: Calculate your launch and landing, sir
        Mary Jackson: Engineer, and I'm proud as the devil to be working with you.
        Katherine Johnson: How can you be possibly ogling these white men?
        Mary Jackson: It's equal rights. I have the right to see fine in every color.

        When the ladies meet the astronaut they seek to send into space, Katherine is shocked that Mary sucks up to John Glenn. As Mary explains, there are equal rights in the country now, including for her right to see fine in any color.

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          A Mind Like the One Your Daughter Has

          Young Katherine Johnson: Equilateral, trapezoid, isosceles, tetrahedron 
          Teacher: I've never seen a mind like the one your daughter has. You have to see what she becomes.

          A young Katherine shows that she has a special gift for mathematics in these Hidden Figures movie quotes. The teacher knows she's destined to do good things, but few would have known at that point just what she would accomplish in life.

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