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Pushing Tin (1999)

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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Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen
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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

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$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 and Angelina Jolie first met on the set of this movie. They fell in love and were briefly married. See more »

Goofs

During the bomb scare, the police in the movie are supposed to be Nassau County Police. However, the lights on the police cars are blue and red. No Nassau County police car at the time of the movie (1999) had blue lights on it. See more »

Quotes

Know-It-All Schoolboy: [In response to his teacher's request that the class say "metaphor"] That wasn't a metaphor. That was a simile. "Laying pipe" is a metaphor.
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References Ghost in the Shell (1995) See more »

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Written by Dick Walter
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just doesn't deliver
28 April 1999 | by (Richmond, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie just doesn't deliver. It gets too bogged down all through the middle as Cusack's life comes apart because of his determination to outdo Thornton's character. Also, Thornton's character (although he is the antagonist of the film) is way more interesting than Cusack's character, with whom we get frustrated and just wish he'd get his act together.

The movie does become more amusing towards the end once Cusack finally tries to do something about his sorry state. But too little, too late.

The film also uses the style of super-verite everyone-talk-at-once, which means that you can't hear the lines and it rarely does anything to add to the story. Seemed like the whole first third of the movie was there just to develop the "atmosphere". A number of scenes here and there that don't have any purpose in the story.

The acting's all fine and good, and the NJ/Long Island clothes and decor are fun. I blame the writer, director, and editor for the failure of this flick.


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