The Chal­lenger

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Star­ring Wil­liam Hurt, Bruce Green­wood and Brian Den­nehy Sun­day at 8 p.m. Dis­cov­ery

out of five physi­cist Dr. Richard Feyn­man to the in­ves­tiga­tive team. As pre­sented in The Chal­lenger (which airs Sun­day at 7 p.m. on Dis­cov­ery), the story of the Chal­lenger com­mis­sion is re­ally the story of Feyn­man’s (por­trayed by the al­waysin­ter­est­ing Wil­liam Hurt) un­will­ing­ness to fol­low of­fi­cial pro­ce­dures and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to find the sin­gle, sci­en­tific rea­son for the space shut­tle’s cat­a­strophic fail­ure. Feyn­man, as por­trayed here, is a man of tremen­dous in­tel­lect who has ded­i­cated the later years of his work­ing life to teach­ing and men­tor­ing col­lege stu­dents. Hav­ing worked as a sci­en­tist on the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s atomic-bomb pro­gram dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, he has very lit­tle use for bu­reau­crats, politi­cians or mil­i­tary brass. He’s also deal­ing with what will soon be a ter­mi­nal ill­ness, so he’s even less in­clined to abide time­wast­ing peo­ple or tac­tics. Which, of course, makes it all the more sur­pris­ing when he gets the call ask­ing him to join the Pres­i­den­tial

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