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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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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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When Vince Johnson visits Carly in the hospital, he walks up to the left side of the bed and places the flowers on her from the right side of the bed. See more »

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Carly Marshall: Brigitte Bardot strips for millions, she's a goddess. I sunbathe topless and I'm a scandal.
Hank Marshall: You're not Brigitte Bardot, remember?!
Carly Marshall: [adopting Brigitte Bardot's husky accent] Wazza matta? I no make you happy?!
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An Oscar-Winning Role We Almost Missed
27 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1994 was a year of weak female performances, but Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning turn in "Blue Sky" is a real sight to behold. She stars as the alcoholic wife of a well-to-do military nuclear engineer (Tommy Lee Jones). Jones knows of a cover-up by the military to keep nuclear testing in Nevada a secret in the early-1960s. This testing has no visual effect on anything in the environment (thus the name "Blue Sky"). Needless to say this is an intriguing film that is somewhat based on true testing which took place in sparsely populated areas of Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico in the late-1950s and early-1960s. However, this film almost never saw the light of day. It was produced in 1991, but sat in an Orion Pictures vault for over three years. The film was finally released to generate revenue for the soon to be disbanded Orion. No one was ever clear on why the film was not initially released in 1991. Many speculate that director Tony Richardson's AIDS-related death may have had something to do with the studio's reluctance to release the film. This is just speculation, there is no proof of that. Its inability to get released is a bit of a mystery though. I mean a film with Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones should have no trouble being released in my mind. Anyhow, this is Jessica Lange's greatest role. Tommy Lee Jones and Powers Boothe also give great supporting turns. 4 out of 5 stars.


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