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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:

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