What's the Difference between Hidden Figures the Book and Hidden Figures the Movie?


Hidden Figures

Released: 2016
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Released: 2017
Director: Theodore Melfi
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In the Book In the Movie
Dorothy Vaughan
Dorothy Vaughan
Portrayed by: Octavia Spencer
Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson
Portrayed by: Taraji P. Henson
Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson
Portrayed by: Janelle Monae
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Al Harrison
Portrayed by: Kevin Costner
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Vivian Mitchell
Portrayed by: Kirsten Dunst
Paul Stafford
Paul Stafford
Portrayed by: Jim Parsons
John Glenn
John Glenn
Portrayed by: Glen Powell
Hidden Figures Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Katherine kept her graduate school math textbooks at her desk for ready reference. She does not.
   In 1956 Mary Jackson was granted a dispensation to attend night classes at Hampton High School. She became an engineer at NASA in 1958. Mary Jackson is shown in court in 1961 privately addressing a judge at her hearing. She convinces him that it would be beneficial to him if he was the first to allow a black woman attend classes at a white school. He allows her to attend night classes.
   Katherine is never treated like this by the other engineers. When Katherine is assigned to review another engineer's math results, he gives it to her with much of it redacted (blacked out). She holds it up to the light to see what he had blacked out (info on Mercury and Atlas projects) and after checking his work graphs some of it on the large chalkboard in the office.
   Near the end of WWII Dorothy Vanghan was made a supervisor and 1946 a permanent civil service employee. Vaughan was not officially promoted until 1962.
   About 50 black women worked as computors, mathematicians, engineers or scientists from 1943-1980. The only black NASA employees shown are the female computors.
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