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Burt served in the Marines during the war, but now he is confined to an asylum. His experiences in the South Pacific left him mentally ill and deathly afraid of storm clouds and rain. Stella, his girl friend, hopes Burt's sister Betty, and his brother-in-law Lou, will take him in so as to help him recuperate. However because of their young children, Betty and Lou are afraid of inviting him to live with them. Can Burt be helped? How can he find a life outside the mental hospital? Written by
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While the movie has its flaws, it is an amazing film for its time.
"Shadow in the Sky" is a fascinating film because it talks about something practically no film talked about at that time--Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Back then, the only other film that I can think of that dealt with it at all was "The Men"--but this was much more about the physical difficulties injured men face after the war. Here, while Ralph Meeker looks normal, he isn't. And in situations that remind him of the hell he lived through in the Pacific, he becomes a nervous bowl of goo. But, to make this much more interesting, the film focuses much of its energy on his family--a sister (Nancy Davis) and brother-in-law (James Whitmore) who are uncomfortable and cowardly when it comes to accepting him into their home after his very lengthy stay in the hospital. In fact, you really dislike the pair--especially the sister, as her own fears seem much stronger than her love for her brother. A fascinating and VERY unique film I can't recommend strongly enough. My only reservation, and it's a small one, is that sometimes the characters behave a bit strangely--in particular, Meeker's nephew--who is just plain bizarre!
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