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
   This does not happen in the book. Dorothy Vaughan is chastised by a white woman for being in the white's section of the library. She is escorted out by a police officer, but not before stealing a book on Fortran programming.
   No details on this in the book. Dorothy is show examining the IBM mainframe and at one time making an adjustment to it.
   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.
   The West Area Computers Unit (black women) was dissolved on 5 May 1958. The women were sent to work directly with the engineers or found other jobs. It was shown as still in operation in 1962.
   Soon after NASA was created by the Space Act of 1958 Katherine started gently asking why she was excluded from the editorial meetings with the engineers and other supervisors. They eventually let her attend the meetings. Katherine is very direct when demanding that the boss allow her to attend the meetings.
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