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 film was completed in 1991, but was shelved and not released theatrically until about three years later in 1994. This was due to studio production house Orion Pictures' bankruptcy. See more »


An enlisted man walks into the Colonel's office wearing Private First Class insignia of one chevron with one rocker. This insignia was not used until 1968, well past the time period that the film was set in. See more »


Carly Marshall: I suppose we all have to grow old someday. I just don't think you got to look bad in the process.
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Featured in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) See more »


Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Performed by The Billy Lawson Band
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Jessica Lange was unbelievable
8 April 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The film is about the relationship of husband and wife, their troubles and how they cope with it. It also had a side plot about underground nuclear testing, which I don't think was that powerful or had that much of an impact for it to carry though as the finale, which also seem to be wrapped up uneventfully.

But the main story is their troubled relationship, and how through good, bad and worse they get through it with each other's support. Jessica Lange's performance as an unstable woman was amazing, not over the top in which it would have been typically done, but was portrayed truely and its fine nuance conveyed the subtle change in her mental state.

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