Hidden Figures

2016 film directed by Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama movie directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is loosely based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Hidden Figures
Directed byTheodore Melfi
Screenplay by
Based onHidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Produced by
CinematographyMandy Walker
Edited byPeter Teschner
Music by
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10) (SVA Theatre)
  • December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25) (United States)
Running time
127 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[2]
Box office$236 million[3]

It is about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.

The movie stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson. The movie also stars Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as NASA engineer Mary Jackson.

Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell also star in supporting roles.



Hidden Figures had a limited release on December 25, 2016, by 20th Century Fox, before going wide in the United States on January 6, 2017. It had strong positive reviews and was named by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten movies of 2016.[4]


  1. "Hidden Figures". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  2. Goldrich, Robert. "Fall 2016 Director's Profile: Ted Melfi". Shoot. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. "Hidden Figures (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  4. "National Board of Review Announces 2016 Award Winners". National Board of Review. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.