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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Alex Marshall
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Glenn Johnson
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Ray Stevens
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Col. Mike Anwalt
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Ned Owens (as Tim Scott)
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Lydia
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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.

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,359,465 (USA)
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The first, final and only ever theatrical feature film writing credit [to date, May 2015] for producer and television writer Rama Laurie Stagner. See more »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Glenn Johnson: You look like Elizabeth Taylor.
Carly Marshall: There, you have said the secret word, and you qualify for a ride in my new convertible, come on sweet boy.
Rebecca 'Becky' Marshall: Let's go!
Carly Marshall: Come on daddy, let's drive...
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Featured in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

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National Emblem March
Written by Edwin Eugene Bagley (as E.E. Bagley)
Performed by The University of North Alabama Marching Band
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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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