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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
In the scene with the kids visiting the TRACON where they all work, a plane departs that doesn't call the controller and this ends up causing a near collision. The airport image on the radar scope is of Newark Liberty International (you can tell by the two lines running essentially North/South that represent the two parallel N/S runways 4L/22R and 4R/22L). However, when the scene changes to the actual plane on an actual runway departing North, you see it pass over simply the number "4" and then immediately over water. This can only be LaGuardia Airport as it is the only airport of the three in New York (JFK, LaGuardia, Newark) that has only one N/S runway (4/22 - both Newark and Kennedy have 4L/22R and 4R/22L and are marked with the "R" and "L" on them) and has water immediately to the north of it. See more »
[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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I loved this movie. Its about competition, not ordinary competition but the kind of obsessive rivalry that causes you to focus so much on your rival that you forget about the things that really matter in your life, and you begin to act in a way that is destructive. The movie is also about letting go and getting your life back again.
I do think it was a mistake to categorize this movie as a comedy, which could lead people to expect a wacky "Airplane" sort of movie. Pushing Tin is not a "ha-ha" sort of comedy. It has a subtle humor that is inherent in the absurdity of the aspect of human nature that is being portrayed. It does have some of the exaggeration of comedy, i.e. some of the events are not the sort of thing that really happens in reality. But the underlying emotions and situations are real, and watching the movie I had that feeling of recognition, of truth, that you get with a movie that has something to say to you.
I was interested in the movie from the first few moments of watching it, and remained fascinated throughout, so I can't agree with those who think it was slow or uneven. The ending was sweet enough that I didn't care if it was a bit unrealistic. I think Mike Newell did a good job, the story was good, and the acting was wonderful. I intend to buy this movie when I get a chance because its one I could see many times and would like to share with others.
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