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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.

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

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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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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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why did they have to make it a TV movie?
26 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Granted,this movie could have been much worse. But, having it as a TV movie rather than a Ron Howard production, or even a little miniseries like "From Earth to the Moon" was a big mistake. They just couldn't get as detailed as they should've. I believe that Christa McAuliffe's mother Grace Corrigan referred to this movie as 'a bit of fluff'. Guess the writers didn't really do much research into this thing. While Karen Allen usually does a great job in whatever movie she's in, she just wasn't convincing as Christa. Plus, she didn't even look like her - she looked more like Barbara Morgan (Christa's back-up teacher) with curly hair, or maybe some distant cousin of Sally Ride. And I couldn't help but think someone in the casting department had a sick sense of humor - Barry Bostwick was cast to play Dick Scobee. Remember how lovely Barry looked in those fishnet pantyhose in 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'? Bad casting choice...


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