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Challenger (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  25 February 1990 (USA)
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This film profiles the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the spaceship, Challenger, that resulted in its explosion upon takeoff. Center ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
Dr. Judith A. Resnick
Gregory B. Jarvis
Capt. Michael J. Smith
Doctor Ronald McNair
Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka
Raye Birk ...
Joseph Kilminster
James Monroe Black ...
Robert Mayfield (as James Black)
Cheryl McNair
Elizabeth Kemp ...
Jane Smith
Jeanne Mori ...
Lorna Onizuka
Lane Smith ...
Larry Mulloy
Roger Boisjoly
Gene Thomas


This film profiles the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the spaceship, Challenger, that resulted in its explosion upon 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 <>

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based on the true story of the tragic space shuttle disaster







Release Date:

25 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Challenger - Um Vôo Sem Retorno  »

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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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