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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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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

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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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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

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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Cruel, bad taste
26 August 2002 | by Jim-500See all my reviews

We all knew it was inevitable--somebody would want to make a TV movie out of such a heart-wrenching tragedy.

And they did, despite the fact that it was only a few years afterward. And despite the fact that the families of the astronauts begged the producers not to go through with it.

The writer said he was curious to see how these seven people ended up together on that fateful day. How dare he even begin to think he knew what went on in these people's lives?

I watched a bit of it. It was so bad I wanted to puke.

I hope the producers and the network are happy about the families' wounds they re-opened when this thing aired.


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