In Hidden Figures, during the section subtitled "Alan Shepard's Launch", there is some confusing dialog. A reporter with a mic in his hand stands on the beach, in front of a chainlink fence, with the rocket launchpad in the background and excited onlookers nearby.
Reporter: It's a historic day here at Cape Canaveral, and here's what we can expect. Alan Shepard and Freedom 7 will be launched into space at an altitude of about 116 miles an hour.
The last part of the quote makes no sense. Altitudes are measured in miles, not miles an hour. I'm trying to figure out why that was included in a movie that seemed to treat physics and mathematics pretty seriously.
- Was this something a reporter of the time actually said?
- Was the line written this way to insinuate that reporters didn't understand the science they were talking about?
- Was this line improvised by the actor who played the reporter?
- Was this really just bad writing?