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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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Nothing Grounds You Like the Truth. 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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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

Gross USA:

$8,406,264
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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 and John Cusack attended air traffic control schooling in Toronto as part of their role research. See more »

Goofs

Standing in the path of a landing aircraft is legally impossible in the U.S.A. Not even airport personnel, with security clearance, are allowed on the runway of an aircraft. Any area, on the other side of the security fence, is being watched by security and a human body on a runway will stop all landings and takeoffs on the entire airport until the person(s) are apprehended and arrested. See more »

Quotes

Russell Bell: If you ever want to sleep at night, don't marry a beautiful girl.
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Memories Are Made of This
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An unusual, whacky comedy, fun and feelgood.
27 October 2000 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

Another brilliant performance by John Cusack, and an equally cool one by Billy Bob Thornton. These two actors work so well together, and provide a superb onscreen chemistry. There's some lovely visuals in there too, especially of the traffic control screens, or the standing on the runway video.

The story is sometimes odd, and the characters derail in the wierdest fashion, but it's a nice story and has a message for all competitive people out there. You won't laugh insanely, but you'll giggle. A very enjoyable film.


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