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
This Character does not appear.
Al Harrison
Portrayed by: Kevin Costner
This Character does not appear.
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
   After working six months for Henry Pearson, Vanghan demanded that Pearson promote Katherine Johnson or send her back to West computing. Pearson offered Johnson a permanent position in the Maneuver Loads Branch. This does not happen. Katherine works in the office of Al Harrison the entire movie.
   Katherine kept her graduate school math textbooks at her desk for ready reference. She does not.
   Katherine's 1st assignment was to help evaluate the crash of a small Piper airplane. This aided in the discovery of vortexes from larger aircraft. Her first assignment was to check the numbers of the engineers working in her office.
   Katherine Johnson never used the colored restrooms at Langley even after she found out they existed in her section. She also brought her lunch to work in a bag like the engineers and avoided the segregated cafeteria. She walked a long distance to use the segregated restrooms which kept her out of the office at time leading to friction between her and the boss.
   Katherine's fair skin nearly allowed her to pass as white although she never tried to. Taraji P. Henson is much darker than the real Katherine Johnson.
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