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The Challenger (2013) (TV)

Director:
James Hawes
AKA
The Challenger Disaster
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
89 minutes
Screenwriter:
Kate Gartside


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Richard Feynman William Hurt
Gweneth Feynman Joanne Whalley
General Donald Kutyna Bruce Greenwood
Chairman William Rogers Brian Dennehy
Dr. Sally Ride Eve Best
Dr. Weiss Henry Goodman

 

Review

This BBC produced TV-movie about the aftermath of the Challenger disaster in 1986 is diligent, interesting and told with a clever sense of suspense by James Hawes. The basis for the script are two books, one of which was written by the protagonist of this story, Dr. Richard Feynman - a theoretical physicist who is unfazed by the threatening nature and hierarchy of NASA and the American government, and decides to get to the bottom of what went wrong with the now infamous space shuttle based on his own expertise and empirical data. This may well be a film better suited for people who have a history of listening to people like Feynman talk in real life, but the tense nature and technical novelty of the story should make it fascinating to action and thriller buffs as well.

Copyright 30.9.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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