THE CHALLENGER DISASTER (2013)

  • June 4, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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The Challenger Disaster (2013)

William Hurt as Prof. Richard Feynman, the Nobel Laureate gadfly/gumshoe who helped discover, and reveal to the public, the cause of the mysterious and catastrophic disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger shortly after launch on January 28, 1986.

This film is as much about the brilliant and charismatic Professor Feynman as it is about the Challenger incident. He is racked with guilt and resentment about his roll in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II, and feels the US government suckered him into helping build a terrible weapon that turned out to be unnecessary.

Now Professor Feynman is asked to help investigate that same government's malfeasance in the death of seven astronauts, and pushes back forcefully against the investigative commission chairman's up-front assumption that "NASA is doing an excellent job." 

On top of all this, Feynman's doctor flies to Washington during the Challenger investigation to inform him that he is dying of two extremely rare forms of cancer (which, it is implied, were likely caused by his exposure to the radioactive elements used to build the atomic bombs during the war). 

This film is based largely on Professor Feynman's personal memoir entitled "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

Also starring Joanne Whalley as Gwenyth Feynman, Bruce Greenwood as General Kutyna, Brian Dennehy as Commission Chairman William P. Rogers, and Eve Best as Commission Member and whistle-blower Astronaut Sally Ride.

Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt_EvmjEPP8


We will also be watching a 50-minute documentary, produced and released in conjunction with this film, entitled "The Fantastic Mr. Feynman."



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  • Bruce C.

    Hey Wayne, sorry I missed the movie. I have just started the process of trying to find a newer used car for Joyce. What a pain!!! Sounds like the movie was great. When the car ordeal is over will try to find the movie. Wish me luck!!!

    1 · June 5

    • Wayne T.

      Just make sure you inspect the "O-rings" on the car before you buy it! :)

      June 5

  • Donna

    Great! We also had a really interesting discussion after the movie.

    June 5

  • Bruce C.

    Hey Wayne,

    June 5

  • janet l.

    An excellent documentary & a new hero: Prof. Richard Feynman! thanks, Wayne:)

    June 4

  • Stacie B.

    I am sorry to cancel last minute but I will not be able to make it tonight. Have to work late- so bummed! I am looking forward to the next time and meeting everyone then.

    1 · June 4

  • Sofia

    Also- can we make a suggestion about a movie idea? There was a bio on Netflix about the guy who high wired the twin towers and it was absolutely amazing!

    June 3

    • Wayne T.

      Yes! That's "Man on Wire" and it was screening at The Belcourt for quite a while, but I didn't get a chance to see it. I will put it on the calendar. Thanks! -Wayne

      June 3

    • Wendy

      Great movie!

      1 · June 4

  • Sofia

    So excited about this movie! I've been brushing up on my Challenger google facts. :)

    June 3

  • Stacie B.

    Should I bring anything for the movie night tomorrow? Snacks to share and/or drinks? Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · June 2

    • Wayne T.

      Hi, Stacy! Some of the members do bring snacks or drinks to share, but it's not required. I provide drinks, chips and salsa. See you Wednesday! -Wayne

      1 · June 2

  • Katie L.

    Sorry, that is CMA Music week, I'll be real busy, have fun all.

    May 4

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