When I first saw The Dish on Star Movies -- well, sitting there wondering if this would be worth my while because it was either a movie I didn't know or doing absolutely nothing to kill the time -- I had no idea I would be in for such a treat. The cast is awesome, and the overall matter of the "Moon Landing" has been dealt with so enjoyably that I remember talking about this movie to people for ages after. A great job done, and my pick for a touching movie that you can sit down and watch with family and friends any time.
The plot deals with a giant satellite receiving station in Parkes, Australia, that has been given the responsibility of tracking Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 as the continental US faces away from the moon during their daytime. I don't want to give anything away, but the comedy is spot on, and it's the sheer combination of events that makes this movie a pleasure to watch. Also, I think Sam Neill gives an outstanding performance as the gently firm, perspicacious Cliff Buxton, team leader of this little mission.
I don't know what else to say except please watch it. I couldn't agree more with the "One of the funniest and most touching films of the year" line on the cover. Oh, and the year is 2001. Let me know what you think if you've already seen it, or after you read this and go watch it.