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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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)

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

Final theatrical film of Annie Ross. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vera Johnson: People like you come and go, Carly. You mean just one less Christmas card to me.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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National Emblem March
Written by Edwin Eugene Bagley (as E.E. Bagley)
Performed by The University of North Alabama Marching Band
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Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones shine in soap opera storyline.
21 February 1999 | by movieman9See all my reviews

I have admired Jessica Lange's acting ability for years. She is able to convey a bimbo-like image with such intelligence and strength, an achievement that few actresses could pull off well. It's easy to see from BLUE SKY why Lange was chosen to play Blanche Dubois in the TV version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." She plays in this Oscar-winning role an emotionally unbalanced wife and mother named Carly, the type of woman that makes small-town wives fend for the safety of their marriages. She is very sensual, sometimes obnoxious, and definitely a show-stopper. Tommy Lee Jones is a nuclear scientist employed in the military during the early sixties, fearful of another meltdown. He also has to secure his wife's sexual appetites, which could easily get out of control, especially around a libido-driven sargent played by Powers Boothe. The nuclear storyline, almost a backdrop,gets in the way of the meat of the plot, that of the sensuous Lange and the two daughters. I'm not saying the actors in this film don't have power, they most certainly do, but they seem to be caught in a run-of-the-mill soap opera coloured by nuclear testing. Jessica Lange does have an award-worthy part to play, but it belongs with more powerful material, reminiscent of something like "Streetcar."


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