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Challenger (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 February 1990
New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe joins six other astronauts on the tragic 1986 space-shuttle flight.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writer:

George Englund
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Allen ... Christa McAuliffe
Barry Bostwick ... Commander Francis R. Scobee
Julie Fulton ... Dr. Judith A. Resnick
Richard Jenkins ... Gregory B. Jarvis
Brian Kerwin ... Captain Michael J. Smith
Joe Morton ... Dr. Ronald McNair
Keone Young ... Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka
Raye Birk ... Joseph Kilminster
James Monroe Black James Monroe Black ... Robert Mayfield (as James Black)
Angela Bassett ... Cheryl McNair
Elizabeth Kemp ... Jane Smith
Jeanne Mori Jeanne Mori ... Lorna Onizuka
Lane Smith ... Larry Mulloy
Peter Boyle ... Roger Boisjoly
Alan Ackles ... Gene Thomas
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Storyline

This film profiles the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the space shuttle Challenger, that resulted in its explosion 73 seconds after takeoff. Center point of the film is the safety inspections and arguments surrounding the use of the o-rings that ultimately were blamed for the explosion. Film is lent authenticity by being filmed at the Johnson Space Center in Texas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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based on the true story of the tragic space shuttle disaster

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Challenger - Um Vôo Sem Retorno See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie made for the ABC network. See more »

Goofs

About 45 minutes in when you hear the song Wind Beneath my Wings playing. The movie takes place in 1985-86. The song didn't come out until 1988. See more »

Quotes

Christa McAuliffe: I feel great.
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Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Group Think Training
10 December 2019 | by jpbofohioSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie 29 years ago when it was on TV. Then it was just a story of a terrible tragedy. Now in 2019 I am seeing a bit of this movie in a training class about "group think" and how to avoid similar situations as the Challenger accident. I do see many reviews from 15-17 years ago that were not kind to the movie. Just know that while you may have not liked the way history was presented, the movie is working well in training new viewers how to avoid a similar situation.


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