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Challenger (1990)

New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe joins six other astronauts on the tragic 1986 space-shuttle flight.

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Commander Francis R. Scobee
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Dr. Judith A. Resnick
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Gregory B. Jarvis
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Captain Michael J. Smith
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Cheryl McNair
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Larry Mulloy
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Roger Boisjoly
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Gene Thomas
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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

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25 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Challenger - Um Vôo Sem Retorno  »

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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

Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka: Why are you closing the windows? It's hot in here.
Lorna Onizuka: Because I'm gonna shout.
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Followed by The Challenger Disaster (2013) See more »

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Good Movie
24 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While this movie is clearly lacking in some respect, it also clearly outlines the events leading to the disaster. While I respect the wishes of the families with regard to this movie, they are clearly misplaced as this movie led me to seek a more though answer to the questions it raised. I find it hard to see how this movie pays anything but respect to those who lost their lives in this accident. The worst criticism that I can level at this movie is that the story and characters are somewhat melodramatic - but so was all that was made of this tragedy. It remains the most comprehensive account of this incident that is generally accessible. If one really wants a comprehensive account of the causes of the accident then they should read the Presidential Commission Report on the accident - otherwise watch the movie.


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