Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1994. Heathrow Productions, Orion Pictures. Story by Rama Laurie Stagner, Screenplay by Rama Laurie Stagner, Arlene Sarner, Jerry Leichtling. Cinematography by Steve Yaconelli. Produced by Robert H. Solo. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Production Design by Timian Alsaker. Costume Design by Jane Robinson. Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert. Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994.
Jessica Lange deservedly won an Academy Award for her terrific performance as the near-nymphomaniacal wife of a career army man (Tommy Lee Jones) who must fight to save her husband when he is involved in a coverup involving nuclear arms testing. It’s got a lot of great dramatic impact, thanks mostly to Lange’s work, but the screenplay feels more like a television movie of the week than a feature film. This was Tony Richardson’s last film as director before his untimely death, and because of Orion studio’s going bankrupt two years earlier was left on the shelf until its eventual 1994 release.