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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.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Rama Laurie Stagner (screenplay), Arlene Sarner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Carly Marshall
Tommy Lee Jones ... Hank Marshall
Powers Boothe ... Vince Johnson
Carrie Snodgress ... Vera Johnson
Amy Locane ... Alex Marshall
Chris O'Donnell ... Glenn Johnson
Mitchell Ryan ... Ray Stevens
Dale Dye ... Col. Mike Anwalt
Timothy Scott ... Ned Owens (as Tim Scott)
Annie Ross ... Lydia
Anna Klemp ... Becky Marshall
Anthony Rene Jones Anthony Rene Jones ... Helicopter Pilot
Jay H. Seidl Jay H. Seidl ... Soldier on Island
David Bradford David Bradford ... Soldier #1
Matt Battaglia ... NATO Soldier
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cielo azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Van Horn, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$763,890, 18 September 1994

Gross USA:

$3,359,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,359,465
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The following year after this movie was released, Chris O'Donnell and Tommy Lee Jones both starred in Batman Forever (1995), portraying the characters of Robin and Two-Face respectively. 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 »

Quotes

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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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Hernando's Hideaway
Written by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Performed by The Billy Lawson Band
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A Lesson in Acting
24 October 2008 | by antileftSee all my reviews

It is always a pleasure to watch giants in some film which is driven not by effects , explosions and rap-style language but by old-fashioned story and , simply , eye-popping acting , and two main actors , Mr T. Jones and , specially , Mme J. Lange deliver this in full . This smaller , cheaper film deals with the relationships between the military personnel and their spouses , where J. Lange portrays perfectly a lascivious southern belle with too grand illusions of an acting career, who with her sexual escapades becomes a sort of house-hold name in all the bases her husband is sent to , she being slightly neurotic , while tensions and constant arguments between the two are a norm , and their two beautiful daughters watch this in silence , being even more mature then their own mother . It is interesting to see Jones 's character always forgiving his wife , loving her completely , never hitting her , or calling her names .And when the viewer is almost certain that a typical and clichéd climax is inevitable , i.e. a fight between the couple with him stabbing his wife , the film takes a completely different turn , where Lange's character shows her southern true mettle and love for her husband, who becomes a victim of higher national interests . Briefly , a school of great , traditional acting ,light years away from today's self-proclaimed thespians with artificially rounded lips or feminine neurotic outbursts for no reasons , being on the same level as small children demanding a candy .


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