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Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin

Mike Newell (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A fastidious air-traffic controller thrives on his high-pressure working environment and applies the same no-room-for-error approach to his personal life. However, his status as the best in the business is threatened by a laid-back new arrival and his wife, sparking adulterous passion and a deadly showdown. Comedy drama, starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett.

Cast & 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
Director Mike Newell
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Other Information

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

Comedy Drama

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