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Blue Sky (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 September 1994 (USA)
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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Hank Marshall
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Vera Johnson
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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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Becky Marshall
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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. In turn, they 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 unit patches worn on the right shoulder of both dress uniform and fatigues indicate that the individual had served with that unit in wartime. Hank Marshall (Tony Lee Jones) wore the patch of the First Cavalry Division, indicating either World War II, or Korean War service, while Vince Johnson (Powers Booth) had the patch of the 101st Airborne Division, obviously for World War II. See more »

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The major has a full serving of "scrambled eggs" which is reserved for Generals. A Major is entitled to wear only a single row of Oak Leaves on the bill of his cap. 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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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Winona Ryder (2002) See more »

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It's Only Make Believe
Written by Conway Twitty & Jack Nance
Performed by The Billy Lawson Band
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Jessica Lange is Stunning!
13 March 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Jessica Lange's Oscar-Winning Performance in 'Blue Sky', is Stunning! The 2-Time Academy-Award Winning Legendary Actress once again lights the screen on fire by delivering such a stunning performance.

'Blue Sky' is set in the 1960's, where a nuclear engineer faces a lot of difficulties in his professional & personal life.

'Blue Sky' is a depressing film. The journey its characters go through, the entire story, is very depressing. But, that's exactly how this story is supposed to be: Difficult & Unsettling. It's certainly not meant for the Faint-Hearted, as the drama in here is No-Holds-Barred.

Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner & Jerry Leichtling's Screenplay is devastating & very effective. Tony Richardson's Direction is good. Cinematography, Editing & Art Design, are nice.

Lange's Oscar-Winning Performance is the prime reason to watch 'Blue Sky'. It's an unforgettable performance, that leaves an haunting impact. Also Terrific is Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the troubled husband, with great control & understanding.

On the whole, 'Blue Sky' is depressing, but Lange's Oscar-Winning Performance makes it a must see. Strongly Recommended!


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