A feud develops between two air traffic controllers: one cocky and determined while the other is restrained and laidback, which inevitably affects their lives.

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Storyline

Nick and the other boys (and Vicki Lewis) working the hotspot of air traffic control in New York are impressed with themselves, to say the least. They thrive on the no-room-for-error, fast-paced job and let it infect their lives. The undisputed king of pushing tin, "The Zone" Falzone, rules his workplace and his wedded life with the same short-attention span that gets planes where they need to be in the nick of time. That is, until Russell Bell, a new transfer with a reputation for recklessness but a record of pure perfection shatters the tensely-held status quo. The game of one-upmanship between the two flies so high as to lead Nick into Russell's bed with his wife. His sanity slipping just as fast as his hold on #1, Cusack's controller is thrown out-of-control when Thornton's wanderer quietly leaves town. Nick must now find a way to regain his sanity and repair his marriage before he breaks down completely. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,555,032 (USA) (23 April 1999)

Gross:

$8,406,264 (USA) (2 July 1999)
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Trivia

Billy Bob Thornton's character (Russell Bell) states in the movie that he is half Irish (his father) and half Choctaw Indian (his mother). In real life, Mr. Thornton's father is of Irish ancestry, while his mother is half Choctaw Indian and half Italian. See more »

Goofs

When Russell Bell stands on the runway to feel the effect of wing tip vortices from a landing 747-400, he stands directly under the jet as it flies over head. Wing tip vortices roll off the tips of wings in a swirling motion and travel outward and downward. In reality, one would need to be positioned several feet outboard of the wing tips to feel the effect; farther if the airplane were higher. However, if a strong crosswind were to exist, in this instance from the right, it would cause a vortex to persist on the runway for an extended period of time. If strong enough, the vortex can be blown laterally across the runway towards the centerline, where Mr. Thornton's character was standing. Of course the landing attitude of the aircraft depicted in the movie did not indicate such a crosswind; however, the concept is not wholly impossible as implied by the aforementioned. See more »

Quotes

[Listening to Nick ramble on about their affair]
Mary Bell: I am way too sober for this.
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Referenced in The Ketchup King (2002) See more »

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Rock, Rhythm & Blues
Written by Derek Holt and Gary Moberly
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Waste of talented actors and interesting subject matter.
26 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Pushing Tin takes a unique subject matter, a job that affects almost everyone in America, and compelling lead character in the midst of a moving internal struggle and absolutely ruins it. Why did the director and/or producer have to try and make Top Gun for Air Traffic Controllers? The first scene of this movie was so laughable I almost walked out. These filmmakers adapted this movie from an article, as the opening credits state. Too bad they used the Hollywood cookie cutter to do it. Mr. Cusack and Mr. Thornton are enjoyable as usual and so was Ms Blanchett, unfortunately that is not enough.


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