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

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Darcy Frey (article), Glen Charles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Nick Falzone
Billy Bob Thornton ... Russell Bell
Cate Blanchett ... Connie Falzone
Angelina Jolie ... Mary Bell
Jake Weber ... Barry Plotkin
Kurt Fuller ... Ed Clabes
Vicki Lewis ... Tina Leary
Matt Ross ... Ron Hewitt
Jerry Grayson ... Leo Morton
Michael Willis ... Pat Feeney
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Paul
Mike O'Malley ... Pete
Neil Crone ... Tom
Matt Gordon ... Ken
Joe Pingue ... Mark
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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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A comedy about losing control See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack attended air traffic control schooling in Toronto as part of their role research. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Russell works for the first time he gives some headings which are totally incorrect compared to the radar picture. He sends Continental on heading 060 which seconds later you see he is not flying. He also gives Delta "A steep left turn heading 090" when in fact Delta is already flying on heading 090 or maybe on heading 100 but still wouldn't be a steep turn at all. See more »

Quotes

Nick Falzone: [Nick finds Mary crying in the supermarket] Anything I can do?
Mary Bell: No, fine.
Supermarket Clerk: [to Mary] Is this man bothering you?
Supermarket Clerk: [to Nick] What did you say to her?
Nick Falzone: Hey! Hey, go away. Go battle evil on aisle twelve!
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Connections

References Ghost in the Shell (1995) See more »

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Radar Love
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
Courtesy of Red Bullet Productions B.V./The Netherlands
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Waste of talented actors and interesting subject matter.
26 April 1999 | by RickJasoSee 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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Language:

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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,555,032, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$8,408,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,408,835
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2.35 : 1
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