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Challenger (1990 film)

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Written byGeorge Englund
Directed byGlenn Jordan[1]
StarringKaren Allen
Barry Bostwick
Richard Jenkins
Joe Morton
Keone Young
Brian Kerwin
Julie Fulton
Kale Browne
Kristin Bond
Angela Bassett
Composer(s)David E. Cole
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)George Englund[2][3][4]
Courtney Pledger
Debbie Robins
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Editor(s)Paul Rubell
Running time135
Production company(s)King Phoenix Entertainment
The IndieProd Company
DistributorKing Features Entertainment
Original networkABC[5][6]
Original release
  • February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)

Challenger is a 1990 American disaster drama television film based on the events surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Its production was somewhat controversial as the families[7][8] of the astronauts generally objected to it.[9][10] The film concentrates on the safety inspections and arguments surrounding the O-rings that ultimately were blamed for the explosion of Challenger. While doing this, it also aims to show the personal humanity of the seven crew members. Generally, the film supports the Space Shuttle program and the dedication of NASA personnel in general while criticizing NASA management.


Karen Allen[11][12][13][14] portrayed Christa McAuliffe,[15] Kristin Bond portrayed McAuliffe's daughter, Caroline (who was 6 when her mother died), and Kale Browne portrayed McAuliffe's husband, Steven. Allen and Browne were married in real life.

Peter Boyle portrayed Roger Boisjoly,[16] the Thiokol engineer most vocal about the danger of launching at extreme low temperatures because of the risk that the O-ring seals in the shuttle's rocket boosters would fail at those temperatures.

The film also examines the personal lives of the other members of the crew - Barry Bostwick as Commander Dick Scobee, Brian Kerwin as Pilot Michael Smith,[17] Joe Morton as Dr. Ronald McNair, Keone Young as Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka, Richard Jenkins as Gregory B. Jarvis, Julie Fulton as Dr. Judith Resnik - and their families - Angela Bassett as Cheryl McNair, Elizabeth Kemp as Jane Smith, Jeanne Mori as Lorna Onizuka, Debbie Boily as Marcia Jarvis, Melinda Ann Austin as June Scobee, Melissa Chan as Janelle Onizuka, Gavin Luckett as Reggie McNair, Naoka Nakagawa as Darien Onizuka, Thomas Allen Jr. as Scott Smith - before they boarded Challenger.

Emmy award

At the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards in September 1990, Challenger won Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special.[18]

See also


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (February 25, 1990). "TO VIEW; ARROGANCE IN THE NAME OF LIFTOFF?". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Hill, Michael E. (February 25, 1990). "THE CHALLENGER DISASTER". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Suro, Robert (February 18, 1990). "TELEVISION; 'Challenger' Looks At the Human Side Of the Disaster". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Walker, Joseph (February 25, 1990). "CHALLENGER: CONTROVERSY ENGULFS LATEST DOCUDRAMA". Deseret News.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (February 24, 1990). "'Challenger': The Wrong Story Got Filmed". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Kogan, Rich (February 23, 1990). "ABC`S `CHALLENGER` IS ANOTHER DISASTER". Chicago Tribune.
  7. ^ Dawson, Greg (February 24, 1990). "NETWORK, FAMILIES AT ODDS". Orlando Sentinel.
  8. ^ Schlangenstein, Mary (February 23, 1990). "Wives angered by Challenger movie". UPI.
  9. ^ "403. "Challenger" made for TV movie (February 25, 1990)". Sale into the 90s.
  10. ^ Jicha, Tom (February 25, 1990). "McAuliffe Family Criticizes Movie on Challenger Disaster With AM-Space Shuttle". AP News.
  11. ^ "Karen Allen Lands 'Challenger' Role". Orlando Sentinel. June 29, 1989. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Froelich, Janis D. (February 23, 1990). ""CHALLENGER' IS TOO BOOSTERISH". Tampa Bay Times.
  13. ^ Froelich, Janis D. (February 23, 1990). "'CHALLENGER' MOVIE RATES THUMBS UP". South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  14. ^ Owen, Rob (November 15, 2013). "Tuned In: Exploring the science behind 'Challenger'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  15. ^ Carmack, Michael (February 25, 1990). "EMOTIONS SOAR FOR KAREN ALLEN IN `CHALLENGER`". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 23, 1990). "Challenger". Entertainment Weekly.
  17. ^ King, Susan (February 25, 1990). "The Challenge of 'Challenger' : HOW ABC'S SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE FINALLY GOT OFF THE GROUND". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ " list of 1990 Nominees & Winners". Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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