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The Challenger Disaster ()

The Challenger (original title)
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Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 disintegration.

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Sally Ride
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Richard Feynman
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General Kutyna
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Gweneth Feynman
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Rogers
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Mulloy
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Michelle Feynman (as Megan Young)
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Hotel Receptionist
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Judson Lovingood (as Sean C. Michael)
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Dr. Weiss
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Avionics Engineer
Stephen Jennings ...
Neil Armstrong
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SRB Engineer
Danny Keogh ...
Head Of Recovery
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Taxi Driver
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Allan J Macdonald
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Bill Graham
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Blade Engineer
Andrew Stock ...
Ronald Reagen
Rafiq Jajbhay ...
Shopkeeper
Graham Hopkins ...
Reporter
Nadia Kretschmer ...
Nurse
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Reporter 4
David Sherwood ...
George Hardy
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NASA Security
Peter Terry ...
Maitre d'
José Domingos ...
Dr. Alton Keel (as Jose Domingos)
Dana Prophet ...
Reporter #2
Millard Arnold ...
Speaker
Chad Luckhoff ...
Reporter 5 (uncredited)
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Himself - President of the United States (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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James Hawes

Written by

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Kate Gartside ... (writer)

Produced by

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Laurie Borg ... producer
Rocky Collins ... executive producer
Cassian Harrison ... executive producer
Mark Hedgecoe ... executive producer
Isabelle Helle ... co-producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr ... co-producer
Bernadette McDaid ... executive producer
Stephen McDonogh ... co-producer
Deborah Adler Myers ... executive producer
Thérèsa Ryan ... line producer

Music by

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Chris Letcher

Cinematography by

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Lukas Strebel

Film Editing by

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Peter Christelis

Editorial Department

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Paul Ensby ... colourist
Simon Giblin ... on-line editor
Nompi Vilakazi ... assistant editor
Kieran Waller ... first assistant editor

Costume Design by

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Wolfgang Ender

Makeup Department

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Sulet Meintjes ... makeup dailies
Simone Stubbs ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Brandon Swanepoel ... hair stylist
Tyron Sweeney ... hair stylist
Megan Tanner ... make up & hair designer

Production Management

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Beewan Athwal ... post-production supervisor
Kyle David Crosby ... production manager: DC unit
Cheryl Eatock ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Grant Nale ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Merinda Geyer ... property master

Sound Department

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Antony Bayman ... sound effects editor
Michael Botha ... a.d.r. mixer
Simon Diggins ... adr mixer
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Ivan Milborrow ... sound recordist
Julien Pirrie ... foley recordist
Adrian Rhodes ... sound re-recording mixer: supervising sound editor
Jamie Roden ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer
Ric Schnupp ... adr recordist
Mathias Schuster ... foley editor
Robert Weiss ... adr mixer

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Pedro Andrade ... compositor: Jellyfish Pictures
Luke Dodd ... visual effects supervisor: Jellyfish Pictures
Dave Freeman ... digital matte painter
Martin Furman ... visual effects: Jellyfish Pictures
Victoria Hodson ... digital matte painter
Sam Howell ... cg artist: Jellyfish Pictures
Cecilia Marin ... visual effects production assistant: Jellyfish Pictures
Victor Morejon ... compositor
Konstantinos Panagiotopoulos ... compositor: Jellyfish Pictures
Carmen Perez-Marsa Roca ... visual effects producer: Jellyfish Pictures
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz ... compositor: Jellyfish Pictures
Derik van den Berg ... Set vfx supervisor assistant
Neill Vermaak ... on-set visual effects assistant
George Webster ... set visual effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Houston Hadden ... first assistant camera
Cameron Riddles ... first assistant camera: DC unit
Michael Swan ... camera operator
Raydawn Tilley ... camera chief dit
Patrick Toselli ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Molly Cowan ... casting assistant
Christa Schamberger ... casting: South Africa
Martin Ware ... casting associate

Transportation Department

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Iain McGreer ... action vehicles

Other crew

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Sean Bredbenner ... production assistant
Jeff Currier ... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Carl Feynman ... consultant
Michelle Feynman ... consultant
Aparna Jayachandran ... script supervisor
Dan Parry ... factual producer
Bridget Shaw ... set decorator: Washington, DC

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Plot Summary

When Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds into its flight on the morning of 28 January 1986, it represented one of the most shocking events in the history of American spaceflight. A Presidential Commission was immediately convened to explore what had gone wrong, but with the vast complexity of the space shuttle and so many vested interests involved in the investigation, discovering the truth presented an almost impossible challenge. A truly independent member of the investigation was Richard Feynman. One of the most accomplished scientists of his generation, he worked on the Manhattan Project building the first atom bomb and won the Nobel Prize for his breakthroughs in quantum physics. Feynman deployed exceptional integrity, charm and relentless scientific logic to investigate the secrets of the Shuttle disaster and in doing so, helped make the US Space Programme safer. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Feynman and the Challenger (United Kingdom)
  • Challenger: Final Flight (United Kingdom)
  • 73 Seconds: The Challenger Investigation (United States)
  • The Challenger Disaster (United States)
  • Challenger - Ein Mann kämpft für die Wahrheit (Germany)
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  • 90 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia William Hurt and Brian Dennehy share the screen again 30 years later after their partnership in Gorky Park (1983). See more »
Goofs When Feynman visits the Shuttle factory, the flight deck interior is clearly that of a Boeing 747-200. You can see the flight engineer's panel and the four throttles on the centre console, also the windscreen layout gives it away. See more »
Movie Connections Follows Challenger (1990). See more »
Quotes Rogers: The other commissioners are just being respectful.
Richard Feynman: And you're saying I'm not? You understand the implications of the oxygen being activated? I do. The astronauts had to do that themselves. Which means they were ALIVE for at least some of those two minutes and thirty six seconds before they slammed into the ocean. Mr Rogers I'm an atheist, I personally doubt they're touching the face of God so I prefer to show my respect by finding the CAUSE of their appalling deaths and not stand around looking sad.
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