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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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

While Nick and Connie are driving to lunch, they drive past a building with a VIA (VIA Rail Canada, yellow letters on blue background) logo on it. VIA does not own any property in New York or New Jersey. The driving scene was shot in Canada. See more »

Quotes

Nick Falzone: Sparta 753 for Newark approach.
Nick Falzone: Hey Sparta 753, is that Jethro?
Jethro (Sparta Pilot): Yeehaw!
Nick Falzone: How's my favorite redneck?
Jethro (Sparta Pilot): Falzone, are you mocking me, son?
Nick Falzone: Yes, before you run out of cornpone or whatever you use for fuel.
Jethro (Sparta Pilot): Shoot, we wouldn't waste good moonshine to fly one of these shit-boxes. Now are you going to give me a vector or am I going to have to find New York by the smell?
Nick Falzone: Oh, all right. Sparta 753 turn left heading zero-zeven-zero, maintain two-thousand till localizer. Cleared ILS runway four.
Jethro (Sparta Pilot): ILS runway four. Hey ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Best! Movies! Ever!: Airports (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
Written by Teodoro Cottrau
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User Reviews

More real than you may think...
19 November 2004 | by tinpusher91See all my reviews

Okay, several parts of this movie were a bit far-fetched; (the wake turbulence from a heavy jet being one of them)but from a technical standpoint I can say that the phraseology, hazing, harassment, and ego trips are very accurate. Why? In a word, pride. Perhaps false pride at times, but pride nonetheless. The U.S. air traffic control system handles more traffic in a single day than any other country does in a week. Check the numbers, kids. It's true. The training is rigorous and relentless, and, at the risk of sounding like a commercial for the Marines, if you happen to be the one out of about a thousand who makes it through training to become a full performance level controller, it becomes a badge of honor. Very few people can do it. It is a close-knit family, which was also displayed in the film. If you'll notice the scene where a particular departure didn't "tag up" and one controller didn't notice it, several others jumped in to help out, and all joking and hazing stopped. Forgive my preaching, but this is the first movie that actually gave a somewhat accurate view of my profession, so hopefully I can be forgiven for being protective. (By the way, if I was married to someone who looked like Angelina Jolie, I'd keep her in the woods away from the slugs I work with, too.)


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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