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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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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)

Gross USA:

$3,359,465
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot before Tommy Lee Jones received both of his first ever Academy Award nominations, which were for JFK (1991) and The Fugitive (1993). The latter of which, Jones won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, his only win from four nominations, getting two later nominations, one each in 2008 and 2013. See more »

Goofs

While the film deserves credit for showing the US Army using Bell H-13 Sioux helicopters in 1963, and a UH-1 Huey in high visibility, full color markings- both of which are correct for the era- one scene shows a Bell OH-58 Kiowa flying over an atomic test sight in 1963.

Nice try, but the Army didn't start using this chopper until the spring of 1969. See more »

Quotes

Hank Marshall: My job, sir, is to evaluate radiation hazards to United States Army personnel. My wife's not enlisted in the Army. Why doesn't the colonel concern himself with the safety of men who are, rather than the mammaries of women who are not!
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Featured in At the Movies: Tommy Lee Jones (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Do You No Wrong
Written by Cliff & Ed Thomas
Performed by Cliff Thomas & The Heartbeats
Courtesy of Ace Records, Inc.
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An Oscar-Winning Role We Almost Missed
27 June 2000 | by tfrizzellSee 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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