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Lifetime Films: Movies of Triumph [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Challenger
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Ride With the Wind
In this tender made-for-television drama, a motorcycle racer changes his outlook on life after becoming close to a young mother and her dying son. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

A Time to Triumph
This drama is based on the true story of a housewife who becomes a helicopter pilot for the US Army after her husband suffers a massive coronary. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Truth or Die
Sitcom star Tony Danza made his dramatic debut in the made-for-TV Truth or Die. Danza plays Jerry Rosenberg, real-life "jailhouse lawyer." A lifelong criminal, the Brooklyn-born Rosenberg utilized his knowledge of legal maneuvers to save himself from the electric chair. In 1971, Rosenberg became a worldwide celebrity when he attempted to mediate during the infamous Attica uprising. Filmed in Canada by the same producer-director team responsible for several of the best M*A*S*H episodes, Truth or Die was originally telecast September 23, 1986, under the title Doing Life. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Karen Allen
    Karen Allen - Christa McAuliffe
  • Barry Bostwick
    Barry Bostwick - Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
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    Julie Fulton - Dr. Judith A. Resnik
  • Richard Jenkins
    Richard Jenkins - Gregory B. Jarvis
  • Brian Kerwin
    Brian Kerwin - Capt. Michael J. Smith
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