Blue Sky (1994)


Blue Sky is a 1994 film, the last by Tony Richardson. It was adapted by Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling from a story by Rama Laurie Stagner. The original music score was composed by Jack Nitzsche. It stars Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Locane and Chris O'Donnell. The film won critical praise and Lange won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. The film was completed in 1990, but because of the bankruptcy of Orion Pictures, it sat on the shelf until 1994.


In the early 1960s, Major Hank Marshall and his wife Carly are having marital problems because of the pressures of his job and her mental illness. Hank is a nuclear engineer who favors underground nuclear testing, and at odds with his superiors over the wisdom of open-air detonations. Carly is a free spirit that appears to be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder and spiralling into a severe depression, and slowly being suffocated by domestic torpor and encroaching age. The family's move from Hawaii to an isolated base in Alabama alarms the couple's oldest daughter, Alex, and sends Carly into an affair with the base commander, Vince Johnson.