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It was a time when blond bombshells splashed Life covers and A-bomb tests mushroomed in the desert. The older generation believed in their government, while younger people protested against it. And Blue Sky captures it all! Politically charged and erotically explosive, this highly combustible film features powerful performances by Jessica Lange (Rob Roy) in an Academy AwardÂ(r)-winning* role, and dynamic OscarÂ(r) winner** Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black). Hard-working, mild-tempered Army scientist Hank Marshall (Jones) has his hands full with explosive nuclear reactors and the equally volatile Carly (Lange), his beautifully spirited and emotionally vulnerable wife. While he's conducting tests in Nevada, she succumbs to the advances of his superior officer! But her infidelity is not the only dilemma the Marshalls have to face. When a deadly military cover-up puts Hank in jeopardy, it's up to Carly to muster the courage and strength tosave the man she loves! *1994: Actress **1993: Supporting Actor, The Fugitive

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  • Actors: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Locane
  • Directors: Tony Richardson
  • Writers: Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner, Jerry Leichtling
  • Producers: John G. Wilson, Lynn Arost, Rama Laurie Stagner, Robert H. Solo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542C5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Sky" on IMDb

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2001
Format: DVD
When Jessica Lange won the Best Actress Oscar for this film, few people in the USA had even seen it. For one, its release had been held up for several years and it sat gathering dust in its film cans in the studio. Her Oscar win though finally made many scurry to the theaters to see it. Lange plays a military wife to Tommy Lee Jones' career military man. They have 2 children and have followed him from base to base. What absolutely defines Lange's character though is a combination of constant sensuality with a personality that totters on the edge of breakdown. She is hot for her husband, Jones, but she also acts like a sexual lodestar to other men. Her very presence on a military base can cause incredible unrest among the other husbands and wives. I wish Lange and Jones always had screenplays this good to devote their talents. Often, their talents are wasted on less well written and directed works. If you have overlooked this character-driven masterpiece of acting, don't overlook it any longer.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2001
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The story of Carly Marshall, a mentally unbalanced woman who nearly destroys her marriage and the lives of her family, and her military officer husband, whose deep love for her is the only reason why he deals with her emotional outbursts and stays in the marriage, when he has every option to leave. Deeply personal and reflective of what some American lives really are; a heartwrenching performance by Jessica Lange, who won a well-deserved Oscar.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on October 9, 2004
Format: DVD
It's not always true, of course, but very often the Academy Awards' "Best Actress" category proves one of the hardest to handicap, and therefore one of the most interesting. The nominees in this category are frequently from "smaller" films, and are ofttimes the best thing about the movie. Sure Jodie Foster's second win was for a commercial and critical blockbuster (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), but her first Oscar for the less heralded THE ACCUSED, which many critics found to be seriously flawed and wasn't exactly a runaway hit at the box office, but damned if she didn't earn that Oscar. She was riveting in that film.

Almost a decade later, Jessica Lange performed a similar achievement and walked off with an Academy Award for a "smallish" film that almost never saw the light of day. BLUE SKY, director Tony Richardson's final film, has powerful performances by Lange and Tommy Lee Jones (as her beleaguered husband) and a solid supporting cast is solid), but it suffers from a somewhat rickety storyline that gets increasingly implausible as the film goes on.

Much of the movie is devoted to Hank and Carly Marshall's complex and largely dysfunctional family life, and those scenes are certainly compelling. The dynamic between Jones' solid, supportive Hank and Lange's vulnerable Carly is somewhat reminiscent of that of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands in Cassavetes A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE. But BLUE SKY'S mad scene seems a little rushed--heck, it's not even ten minutes into the movie. If Carly's going to break down by that point, we're either in for a lengthy psychodrama, or a sharp divergence in the plot.

Turns out it's the latter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christa B. Fey on December 9, 2003
Format: DVD
I very much enjoyed the movie for reasons that I can relate to the stress military life brings to a family. My husband is active duty Army & our family has endured the moves to various places much like the ones depicted in the film. I can relate to Jessica Lange's character, because I know how challenging it is to try and make inadequate housing feel like a cozy home. It can definitely bring out the *crazy* in any sane person!
I feel both Tommy Lee Jones & Jessica Lange gave stellar performances in this film!!
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on February 8, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is bizarre and out of whack, because it tries to fit a fascinating, Tennessee Williams-style character study into a tired, cliched paranoid conspiracy story. But the movie is worth watching for its first half, when the focus is on the sexy, needy and dysfunctional marriage between the stolid, ambitious military engineer played by Tommy Lee Jones, and his attention-getting, Marilyn Monroe-like wife, played by Jessica Lange.

Both Jones and Lange are excellent. Their characters have many responsibilities: their children, their reputations at the military base, the protection of the Free World. But the actors convince you that they would throw all of that over, temporarily, for each others' hot love. But once you understand that, the filmmakers insert these great characters into a predictable, hackneyed plot that draws on "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Silkwood" and the entirity of Oliver Stone's career.

The hinge for all this is a very unwise sexual encounter between Lange's character and Jones' Evil Boss. The Evil Boss, played by Powers Boothe, is a real Snidely Whiplash. From the first moment you see him, you know he's just a dastardly fellow without a conscience. Boo! Hiss! By having sex with this Bad Man, and then believing another obvious lie he tells her, Lange unwittingly aids in the coverup of a nuclear accident, which she then must go to preposterous lengths to expose in order to save her husband from having his mind stolen from him by the Evil Boss.

Some have wondered why this movie sat on the shelf for several years before being released, given that it won Lange an Academy Award. The answer's obvious; the plot is an embarrassing joke. But we should be glad it got released.
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