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

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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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

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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Technical Specs

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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Followed by The Challenger Disaster (2013) See more »

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Better than billed
25 September 2002 | by seajoe-1See all my reviews

Just a note to say that I happened on Challenger, the TV movie from c. 1990 tonight on cable and came here to IMDB to see what I could find - because I thought it was kind of interesting. Found I was even more interested in the few comments I found here (no reviews).

It was also interesting to me that the "rating" votes from those 60 something people who made a choice were all over the map, but the two (statistically significant?), most often chosen numbers, were 6 and 7. That's about right. (I'm giving it a six.)

But, to get to the main point <s>, all but one of the comments written in for the movie were trashing and what I would call trashy: all of them seemed to be hugely swayed by the subject of the show. Too "meaningful", too "important for our nation"??? The fact, I'm pretty sure, is that Challenger is a somewhat better than average docudrama. And Karen Allen is a distinguished actor. And almost all of the rest of the cast were at least OK. I thought the tone set was quite good, trying pretty successfully for "this is the way it was". No melodrama, no Hollywood "effects", just straight ahead "documentary" acting and other movie skills. Not overwritten.

It's hard for me to figure where the low average of the comments came from. Something I guess about the subject being too Big and Serious (in the pseudo sense, non gravitas) for anyone, particularly the automatically suspect TV movie crowd, to make a respectable film about. I guess. ??? Interesting.


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