The late Tony Richardson's BLUE SKY was the last of Orion's pre-bankruptcy films to see the light of day, and seems a more fitting swan song for Arthur Krim's widely respected company than, say, CLIFFORD. But despite the director's pedigree (TOM JONES, THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE
RUNNER), this picture feels somehow enervated, perhaps reflecting Richardson's struggles with AIDS during its 1991 filming.
At the dawn of the 1960s, Major Hank Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones), a US Army nuclear engineer, favors underground nuclear testing, despite the preference of army brass for open-air detonations. His wife Carly (Jessica Lange), a Barbie-doll bourgeoise, is slo...