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* ComputerEqualsTapedrive: The huge new IBM mainframe that NASA acquire to speed up their calculations; yes, the whole system really takes up an enormous room, and yes, we do see the reels moving. Punched cards, too.


* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Inverted. When the astronauts are shaking the hands of the staff and crew, Mary remarks on how attractive John Glenn is, and when Katherine and Dorothy rib her for this, Mary immediately states that beauty is color-blind.

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Inverted. When the astronauts are shaking the hands of the staff and crew, Mary remarks on how attractive John Glenn is, and when Katherine and Dorothy rib her for this, Mary immediately states that beauty is color-blind.color-blind, so she gets to [[EatingTheEyeCandy eat all the eye candy]].

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* RealPersonEpilogue: The movie ends with [[https://youtu.be/KTcYtQ_LZhQ?t=11 photos]] of the three real protagonists, illustrating the further contributions to science [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue they went on to make]] after the events of the film.

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* CastingGag: The mathematicians are referred to as "calculators" (since the tech version barely existed at the time), but this is still funny in relation to Janelle Monae, one of the calculators, and her longstanding persona as an android.


* ArtisticLicenceMilitary: Jim Johnson is shown wearing a dress uniform that has practically no markings when it should have had unit patches on the shoulders, a name plate on the right breast, and a ribbon rack on the left breast.

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* ArtisticLicenceMilitary: ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Jim Johnson is shown wearing a dress uniform that has practically no markings when it should have had unit patches on the shoulders, a name plate on the right breast, and a ribbon rack on the left breast.

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* ArtisticLicenceMilitary: Jim Johnson is shown wearing a dress uniform that has practically no markings when it should have had unit patches on the shoulders, a name plate on the right breast, and a ribbon rack on the left breast.


** Dorothy is depicted as being promoted to supervisor only after John Glenn's flight. In reality she was promoted in 1949. What's more is that the segregated computing facilities had been abolished at the end of the 50s, so the department was integrated at that point.
** Katherine is shown having to run across the lot so she can use the segregated bathrooms - when this was Mary in real life. Katherine just started using the white bathroom, unaware that there was a problem. It was years before someone complained, and Katherine simply ignored it (and the issue was dropped).

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** Dorothy is depicted as being promoted to supervisor only after John Glenn's flight. In reality she was promoted in 1949. What's more is that the segregated computing facilities had been abolished at the end of the 50s, '50s, so the department was integrated at that point.
** Katherine is shown having to run across the lot so she can use the segregated bathrooms - -- when this was Mary in real life. Katherine just started using the white bathroom, unaware that there was a problem. It was years before someone complained, and Katherine simply ignored it (and the issue was dropped).



** Katherine knows the absolute fastest way from the Colored Computers room to Mission Control from all the times she had to run to the bathroom, which comes in handy when she has to get her calculations for John Glenn's flight over there.

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** Katherine knows the absolute fastest way route from the Colored Computers room to Mission Control from all the times she had to run to the bathroom, which comes in handy when she has to get her calculations for John Glenn's flight over there.



** Other than the women themselves all NASA personnel are fictionalized, as the film shows the size and infrastructure of NASA was insane in the 60's, so they created new characters representing different areas. Al Harrison is a mishmash of three different NASA directors. Same with Vivian Mitchell and Paul Stafford: both intended to be more of a metaphor for white complacency.

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** Other than the women themselves all NASA personnel are fictionalized, as the film shows the size and infrastructure of NASA was insane in the 60's, '60s, so they created new characters representing different areas. Al Harrison is a mishmash mashup of three different NASA directors. Same with Vivian Mitchell and Paul Stafford: both intended to be more of a metaphor for white complacency.



* EasilyImpressed: An initially hostile police officer ends up giving the three women a police escort to work after they imply that they know astronauts.

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* EasilyImpressed: An initially hostile police officer ends up giving the three women a police escort to work after they imply that they know the Mercury astronauts.



* GenreSavvy: Dorothy realizes early on that the new IBM computer is going to replace human computers - and that electronic computers in general are going to be the wave of the future - and teaches herself and her staff FORTRAN programming. [[spoiler:They're all hired on en masse into the computer group and form the nucleus of the new IT department.]]

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* GenreSavvy: Dorothy realizes early on that the new IBM computer is going to replace human computers - -- and that electronic computers in general are going to be the wave of the future - -- and teaches herself and her staff FORTRAN programming. [[spoiler:They're all hired on en masse into the computer group and form the nucleus of the new IT department.]]



** Similarly, Vivian does seem to ''like'' Dorothy, given her line about having "Nothing against y'all" (with "y'all" referring to African-Americans in general). As Dorothy's response indicates--"I know...that you believe that"--the bigotry is more systemic and therefore "innocent" than blatant, which arguably makes it worse.

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** Similarly, Vivian does seem to ''like'' Dorothy, given her line about having "Nothing against y'all" (with "y'all" referring to African-Americans in general). As Dorothy's response indicates--"I know...indicates -- "I know... that you believe that"--the that" -- the bigotry is more systemic and therefore "innocent" than blatant, which arguably makes it worse.



* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: During a test of the model Mercury orbiter's heat shield, it starts when Mary still inside the test tunnel. When one of her high heels is caught in a vent, Mary struggles to get it free before the test starts, but can't get it loose and ends up ditching her shoes.

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* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: During a test of the model Mercury orbiter's heat shield, it starts when Mary is still inside the test tunnel. When one of her high heels is caught in a vent, Mary struggles to get it free before the test starts, but can't get it loose and ends up ditching her shoes.



* PottyEmergency: Katherine, constantly, because she has to run across Langley campus and back to use a segregated women's bathroom. As such, what could be a basic five minute trip to the ladies room down the hallway becomes a forty minute sprint she has to do several times a day, to the point that she even takes the paperwork she's assigned with her to the restroom so that she can keep working on it.
* PowerWalk: Dorothy leading her black computers across campus to the IBM lab, backed by triumphant music.

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* PottyEmergency: Katherine, constantly, because she has to run across the Langley campus and back to use a segregated women's bathroom. As such, what could be a basic five minute trip to the ladies room down the hallway becomes a forty minute sprint she has to do several times a day, to the point that she even takes the paperwork she's assigned with her to the restroom so that she can keep working on it.
* PowerWalk: Dorothy leading her black computers across the campus to the IBM lab, backed by triumphant music.



* RealityEnsues: PlayedForDrama and subverted. During the movie's climax, when Katherine has just performed the math to calculate John Glenn's return trajectory, she rushes with the Mission Control rep to bring the figures to the group...and before she can enter, the door is slammed in her face. The soundtrack goes dead as Katherine stands alone in the hallway, stunned. [[spoiler: It's a massive relief when the scientists open the door for her and allow her to come inside.]]

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* RealityEnsues: PlayedForDrama and subverted. During the movie's climax, when Katherine has just performed the math to calculate John Glenn's return trajectory, she rushes with the Mission Control rep to bring the figures to the group... and before she can enter, the door is slammed in her face. The soundtrack goes dead as Katherine stands alone in the hallway, stunned. [[spoiler: It's a massive relief when the scientists open the door for her and allow her to come inside.]]



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

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-->'''Mary''': We go from being our father's fathers' daughters, to our husband's husbands' wives, to our babies' mothers.

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* CardboardBoxOfUnemployment: Happens twice:
** As Vivian escorts Katherine to the Space Task Group's Flight Research Division to be their new [human] computer, Katherine follows with her necessary computing equipment and desk items in a cardboard box. She carries the box like a shield as she is introduced to her new, all-white coworkers.
** After Katherine is told she's no longer needed in the Space Task Group now that NASA's IBM computer is performing calculations for them, she packs all her desk items and a few gifts from coworkers into a similar box and leaves.


* ArtisticLicenceHistory:
** Dorothy is depicted as being promoted to supervisor only after John Glenn's flight. In reality she was promoted in 1949. What's more is that the segregated computing facilities had been abolished at the end of the 50s, so the department was integrated at that point.
** Katherine is shown having to run across the lot so she can use the segregated bathrooms - when this was Mary in real life. Katherine just started using the white bathroom, unaware that there was a problem. It was years before someone complained, and Katherine simply ignored it (and the issue was dropped).
** Mary didn't need to get a court order to attend her classes. She just asked the city of Hampton for an exception, and it was granted.
** The film depicts Katherine being assigned to Flight Research much later than in real life; she was assigned in 1953 and had co-authored her first report by 1960. She also gained access to editorial meetings through persistence.
** While John Glenn ''did'' specifically ask for Katherine to check the figures, she had a few days to look over them, as opposed to a few hours.



* InnocentBigot: When Jim first meets Katherine he canít hide his surprise that women are contributing to the space program.

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* InnocentBigot: InnocentBigot:
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When Jim first meets Katherine he canít hide his surprise that women are contributing to the space program.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stafford. He's not going to let a little thing like Jim Crow get in the way of ''beating the Russians,'' and he's very loyal to his group, including Katherine.
** It should be noted in the interest of historical accuracy that none of the four different men upon whom the fictionalized Paul Stafford is based ever really had a problem with Katherine being ''black''. Their problem was primarily that she was a ''woman'' and at the time there just were no women in engineering to speak of (Mary Jackson was not only one of the first women of color to work at NASA as an engineer, she was one of the first women '''''period''''' to do so). And in the case of one of the men Stafford is based on, aeronautical engineer Ted Skopinski, his problem was that ''he'' was an engineer and ''she'' was merely a mathematician, and therefore he felt she had no business checking his work for mistakes. He soon learned to get over himself as Katherine proved invaluable to the Space Tasks Group.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stafford. He's not going to let a little thing like Jim Crow get in the way of ''beating the Russians,'' and he's very loyal to his group, including Katherine.
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Katherine. It should be noted in the interest of historical accuracy that none of the four different men upon whom the fictionalized Paul Stafford is based ever really had a problem with Katherine being ''black''. Their problem was primarily that she was a ''woman'' and at the time there just were no women in engineering to speak of (Mary Jackson was not only one of the first women of color to work at NASA as an engineer, she was one of the first women '''''period''''' to do so). And in the case of one of the men Stafford is based on, aeronautical engineer Ted Skopinski, his problem was that ''he'' was an engineer and ''she'' was merely a mathematician, and therefore he felt she had no business checking his work for mistakes. He soon learned to get over himself as Katherine proved invaluable to the Space Tasks Group.



* SignificantWardrobeShift: When Vivian promotes Dorothy to supervisor, she has changed out of her usual black suits to a white one.



* StayInTheKitchen: Touched upon. When the main characters aren't being challenged because of their race, it's for their gender.

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* StayInTheKitchen: StayInTheKitchen:
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Touched upon. When the main characters aren't being challenged because of their race, it's for their gender.


* RealityEnsues: Played for ''very'' powerful drama. During the movie's climax, when Katherine has just performed the math to calculate John Glenn's return trajectory, she rushes with the Mission Control rep to bring the figures to the group...and before she can enter, the door is slammed in her face. The soundtrack goes dead as Katherine stands alone in the hallway, stunned. [[spoiler: It's a massive relief when the scientists open the door for her and allow her to come inside.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Played for ''very'' powerful drama.PlayedForDrama and subverted. During the movie's climax, when Katherine has just performed the math to calculate John Glenn's return trajectory, she rushes with the Mission Control rep to bring the figures to the group...and before she can enter, the door is slammed in her face. The soundtrack goes dead as Katherine stands alone in the hallway, stunned. [[spoiler: It's a massive relief when the scientists open the door for her and allow her to come inside.]]



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Well, not anyone individually; more "The Reason NASA Sucks." As noted in RageBreakingPoint above, Katherine delivers an ''epic'' roasting of the segregated policies, both blatant (segregated bathrooms) and subtle (everyone refusing to use the coffee pot after Katherine touches it on her first day, and a separate pot marked "colored" appearing on her second), of the program.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Well, not anyone individually; more "The Reason NASA Sucks." As noted in RageBreakingPoint above, Katherine delivers an ''epic'' roasting of the segregated policies, both blatant (segregated bathrooms) and subtle (everyone refusing to use the coffee pot after Katherine touches it on her first day, and a separate pot marked "colored" appearing on her second), of the program.



* ShownTheirWork: The filmmakers went out of their way to ensure that nearly every key aspect of the original story remained intact, going as far as to spend a fair chunk of time grilling Langley Space Center historian Bill Barry. Of note is John Glenn's request that Katherine recheck the calculations right before launch; it sounds like something popped in for drama, but he actually requested that she do it.

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* ShownTheirWork: The filmmakers went out of their way to ensure that nearly every key aspect of the original story remained intact, going as far as to spend a fair chunk of time grilling Langley Space Center historian Bill Barry. Of note is
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John Glenn's request that Katherine recheck the calculations right before launch; it sounds like something popped in for drama, but he actually requested that she do it.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Well, not anyone individually; more "The Reason NASA Sucks." As noted in RageBreakingPoint above, Katherine delivers an ''epic'' roasting of the segregated policies, both blatant (segregated bathrooms) and subtle (everyone refusing to use the coffee pot after Katherine touches it on her first day, and a separate pot marked "colored" appearing on her second), of the program.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Well, not anyone individually; more "The Reason NASA Sucks." As noted in RageBreakingPoint above, Katherine delivers an ''epic'' roasting of the segregated policies, both blatant (segregated bathrooms) and subtle (everyone refusing to use the coffee pot after Katherine touches it on her first day, and a separate pot marked "colored" appearing on her second), of the program.



The film was a runaway success, ending up as one of the highest-grossing films of 2016.

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* OralFixation: Harrison is constantly seen chewing gum.

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* RealityEnsues: Played for ''very'' powerful drama. During the movie's climax, when Katherine has just performed the math to calculate John Glenn's return trajectory, she rushes with the Mission Control rep to bring the figures to the group...and before she can enter, the door is slammed in her face. The soundtrack goes dead as Katherine stands alone in the hallway, stunned. [[spoiler: It's a massive relief when the scientists open the door for her and allow her to come inside.]]


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** Mary also [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope while appealing to a judge for permission to take graduate-level night school classes to become an engineer. She points out that he's the only person that can possibly make it happen, and reminds him that someone has to be the first to break precedent and create new rules. [[spoiler: He's moved by the argument and interprets the law to allow her to join the courses.]]

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