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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.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Darcy Frey (article), Glen Charles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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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Taglines:

A Comedy about Life, Love, Airplanes and Other Bumpy Rides. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi espacio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,555,032, 25 April 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,406,264, 4 July 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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

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: [to Russell Bell] I called your house and Mary said you'd be out here.
Nick Falzone: She sounds good
Nick Falzone: Oh, she wanted I give you this message, "See, I told you Colorado wasn't far enough".
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Connections

Referenced in Toy Story 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

She's a Lady
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights, Ltd.
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A decent in-flight meal, but too much turbulence
12 July 2000 | by BuddyBoy1961See all my reviews

Here's 1999's winner for the film least likely to be shown during an overseas flight. Cusack stars as a hotshot air traffic controller whose top dog status is threatened by the arrival of the equally gifted but enigmatic Billy Bob Thornton. Cusack's mounting rivalry with the inscrutable Thornton eventually consumes his personal life as he falls prey to Thornton's sexy wife (Angelina Jolie) and his marriage (to Cate Blanchett) gradually disintegrates. Director Mike Newell showed great flair in balancing comedy and drama in 1994's "Four Weddings And A Funeral", but here the mix is less assured and the extremes far too close together. Only fitfully amusing, "Pushing Tin" too rarely concentrates on its examination of air traffic controllers and their daily stresses, opting instead for a simple one-upmanship plotline with a superficial and sometimes flippant look at the men and women within whose hands we entrust our lives. The four leads are more than adequate in their roles, though the characters portrayed by Blanchett and Jolie (excellent during her brief appearances) are all but forgotten for long stretches at a time. As for rental possibilities, visibility should remain zero.


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