Pushing Tin

  • 15
  • Mike Newell (1999)
  • US
  • 123 min
Pushing Tin
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This uneven but fascinating comedy drama from Four Weddings and a Funeral director Mike Newell takes a look at the lives of the air-traffic controllers who guide planes in and out of New York's airspace. It focuses on two in particular - supercool Nick Falzone (John Cusack) and the Zen-like Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton), who challenges Cusack's claim to be the best controller in town. It's not only Cusack's ego that is bruised by his rivalry with Thornton; their wives (Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie) get caught in the crossfire. It may be overly dramatic in places, but it boasts superb performances from Thornton (playing a character so calm and laid-back, he's stood in the turbulent wake of a 747 just to see what it feels like) and Cusack, and contains more behind-the-scenes information than you ever wanted to know.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton as rival New York air-traffic controllers, whose increasing competitiveness and hostility can only have disastrous consequences.

Cast and crew


Nick Falzone
John Cusack
Russell Bell
Billy Bob Thornton
Connie Falzone
Cate Blanchett
Mary Bell
Angelina Jolie
Barry Plotkin
Jake Weber
Ed Clabes
Kurt Fuller
Tina Leary
Vicki Lewis
Ron Hewitt
Matt Ross


Mike Newell

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Swearing, a sex scene and brief nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 29 Oct 1999
Certificate 15