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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.

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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 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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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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Drama | Romance

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Final theatrical film of Annie Ross. See more »

Goofs

Toward the beginning of the film when Carly says to Hank, "C'mon, have a drink. It'll make you feel better.", her lips don't move. 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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Connections

Featured in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) See more »

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Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Written by Gene Pitney
Performed by The Billy Lawson Band
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A crazy sexpot wife, but... worthy
11 April 2013 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Shot in the Fall/Spring of 1989-90, "Blue Sky" wasn't actually released until 1994. The story involves a military family in the early 60s who move to an Alabama base. The wife (Jessica Lange) is erratic & bipolar and behaves like a loony Marilyn Monroe while the husband (Tommy Lee Jones) is unshakably faithful. The two daughters lament their mother's disorder, but the family's strong nevertheless. When the father goes to Nevada to work with bomb testing the commander of the base (Powers Boothe) has his eyes on the sexpot wife.

I don't follow film awards, but Jessica won an Oscar for her performance as the hysterical wife and she deserved it. For this reason many hail the first two acts of the film, and Tommy Lee as well. Unfortunately, her character comes across as unlikable and even scary. You start to feel sad for the daughters!

Some people criticize Boothe as being too dastardly of a villain. Don't believe it. Do these critics really think there aren't any high-ranking military personnel with a Genghis Khan complex? Men who think they're above the rules and can get away with anything their arrogant butts' desire? Boothe's character comes across as a solid military leader who's tempted by a subordinate's sultry wife and then does everything he can to save himself. This type of behavior is older than David and Bathsheba.

Some complain about how unbelievable the last act is. Two things: (1.) This is a movie and movies always amp up the dramatics. The filmmakers essentially have to do this because, well, it's a movie and they only have 2 hours to tell the story. (2.) Besides, the film's making a point about Lange's character and it's important to the story. ***SPOILER ALERT*** It shows that, as erratic and unlikable as she is in the first two acts, she redeems herself by literally risking everything for her husband. It's a powerful and necessary point. ***END SPOILER***

This is also a good film about life on a military base, like "The Great Santini" with some similarities to "Desert Bloom", albeit not quite as good as either.

The film was shot in Selma, Alabama, Florida and El Paso, Texas. It runs 101 minutes.

GRADE: B


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Van Horn, Texas, USA See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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