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The Challenger Disaster (2019)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 January 2019 (USA)
Inspired by the true story. The night before the Challenger disaster in 1986, a hot headed engineer leads a desperate race against the clock to stop the launch and the subsequent cover up and whistleblowing.


Nathan VonMinden (as Nathan Vonminden)


Nathan VonMinden (as Nathan Vonminden)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Hanson ... Adam
Cameron Arnett ... Bill
Gerald Brodin ... Frank
Ash Khan ... Carl (as Ash Tholpady)
Garry Nation ... Dean
Jose Quinones ... Edwin
Dean Cain ... Larry Arnold (Lawyer)
Glenn Morshower ... Finch Richards (Lawyer)
Les Miles Les Miles ... Nelson
Brandi Price ... Mary
Scott Petty ... Jim Wit
Mike T. Tremblay ... Kurt
Jason Sweatt ... Pat
Erika Waldorf ... Christa McAuliffe
Keith Rushing ... Rogers Commission Leader


INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. This hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the clock to call off the billion dollar multi-delayed Challenger launch, convinced the O-ring seals will fail and kill everyone on board. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision. He made a human decision. Written by Nathan VonMinden

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Not Rated

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Great movie for Engineers and Students
4 March 2019 | by brbedenbaughSee all my reviews

I saw this movie yesterday. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very intense and you watch it in a panic state when the launch got closer and closer. I was thinking to myself man, I hope he is wrong about the orings. Lol. Oh yeah. It just needed more mental breaks somehow. My wife watched it and she liked the family home life angle. I thought it would be good to show more of the interviews to show the excitement of the astronauts and the public about the launch and their hopes. Overall, the writing was spot on and appealed to my engineering education background the most. My beginning engineering college professor used to tell us all the time, when engineers screw up, people die. This movie is a great representation of a unique story in american history and I aplaude the hard work and dedication.

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Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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The Challenger Disaster See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »


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$175,000 (estimated)
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Color (HD)

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2.35 : 1
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