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Blue Sky (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 September 1994 (USA)
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Jessica Lange stars in a period drama about a family moving to a military base, and she quickly becomes part of a cover-up involving nuclear bomb tests.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Marshall
Vince Johnson
Vera Johnson
Alex Marshall
Glenn Johnson
Ray Stevens
Col. Mike Anwalt
Timothy Scott ...
Ned Owens (as Tim Scott)
Becky Marshall
Anthony Rene Jones ...
Helicopter Pilot
Jay H. Seidl ...
Soldier on Island
David Bradford ...
Soldier #1
NATO Soldier


It's the early 1960s. Nuclear engineer Hank Marshall is a major in the US Army, he who works on top secret nuclear testing projects. Trouble follows him from posting to posting largely because of his mentally unstable wife, Carly Marshall, who is bipolar. During her manic phases, her already overt sexuality, which she models after such sex symbols as Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, is ratcheted up a notch, that partying behavior which is mixed with less frequent phases of physically destructive behavior. Regardless, Hank and Carly love each other, Hank who would admit to himself that he enjoys the fact that other men find Carly attractive, which is partly why he allows her to act the way she does in public. They, in turn, mutually love their now two teenaged daughters, Alex and Becky. Reassigned from their two year posting in Hawaii largely due to the ruckus Carly has caused there, they are next sent to Alabama, the base under the command of Vince Johnson, his wife, Vera Johnson, ... Written by Huggo

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In a world of secrets, love is the most powerful weapon.


Drama | Romance


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16 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Céu Azul  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)


$3,359,465 (USA)

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The picture was filmed during May, June and July 1990 around four years prior to the film being first released in cinemas. See more »


Near the end of the film, Vince Johnson (Powers Boothe) is watching an in-color news broadcast on a color television. Color television sets weren't widely in use until the mid-60's, and news broadcasts were virtually all in black-and-white until that time. See more »


Hank Marshall: [first lines - about sunbather] What's down there?
Helicopter Pilot: Probably just whales, sir.
Hank Marshall: Take it down.
Helicopter Pilot: But sir...
Hank Marshall: Take it down!
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Featured in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) See more »


Clarinet Production
Written and Performed by Art Wheeler
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As "Lange" as the sky is blue...
17 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Tony Richardson's final film was well-done. Carly Marshall (Jessica Lange) is the wife of military guy Hank Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) in charge of atomic tests. Due to his frequent absence, she's beginning to lose her grip on mental sanity. Somewhere along the line, she reaches the breaking point, which also makes her see the folly in Hank's propagandistic work. She has no choice but to undermine it.

Jessica Lange finally won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for "Blue Sky" (she should have gotten one for "Frances"). Maybe some parts are a little hokey, but it's overall a good movie, looking at the nuclear age and also relationships.

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