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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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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A comedy about losing control See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi espacio  »

Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie first met on the set of this movie. They fell in love and were briefly married. See more »


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 »


Russell Bell: I used to bowl, when I was an alcoholic.
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What the hell IS this?!
7 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was relatively new in theatres, and I STILL don't know what to make of it.

Is it a comedy? A drama? A character study? An excuse to keep Billy Bob Thornton in the public eye?

I may never be able to figure that out. It's not funny, it's not dramatic, and there's not a single character in this movie that I liked by about halfway through the film. They don't WANT you to like these people. They're petty and childish, and rather than mining the humor in that, they mine the agony.

If you're the Coen Brothers, you're intelligent enough to pull this off. If you're Mike Newell, everyone thinks it's a brilliant art film because they didn't understand it.

Not only do I not understand it, I don't understand Mike Newell and I don't understand who this film was supposed to be speaking to. Certainly not anyone seeking entertainment.

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