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Challenger (1990)

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Made for television, The Challenger is at once a tribute and a eulogy to the seven courageous souls who perished when the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986. Though all of the crew members are given three-dimensional, balanced treatment, the one we all remember is schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. As played by Karen Allen, McAuliffe is neither superwoman nor saint: just an average human being with an insatiable thirst to learn more about the universe around her. The other members of the ill-fated crew are Cmdr. Francis R. Scobee (Barry Bostwick), Captain Michael J. Smith (Brian Kerwin), Dr. Judith A. Resnik (Julie Fulton), Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka (Keone Young), Dr. Ronald E. McNair (Joe Morton) and Gregory B. Jarvis (Richard Jenkins). Wisely, the film concentrates on the crew's training, ending before the tragic real-life denoument. Filmed on location at the Johnson Space Center, the 3-hour The Challenger was originally telecast February 25, 1990.

Cast

Karen Allen
as Christa McAuliffe
Barry Bostwick
as Francis Scobee
Julie Fulton
as Dr. Judith A. Resnik
Angela Bassett
as Cheryl McNair
Richard Jenkins
as Gregory B. Jarvis
Raye Birk
as Joseph Kilminster
Brian Kerwin
as Capt. Michael J. Smith
Joe Morton
as Doctor Ronald McNair
James Black
as Robert Mayfield
Peter Boyle
as Roger Boisjoly
Kale Browne
as Steven McAuliffe
Elizabeth Kemp
as Jane Smith
Jeanne Mori
as Lorna Onizuka
Lane Smith
as Larry Mulloy
Keone Young
as Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka
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