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Pushing Tin

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Fueled by caffeine and machismo, a rivalry ensues between Nick and Russell, two intensely competitive air traffic controllers, where the winner could lose it all

Starring:
John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Mike Newell
Starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton
Supporting actors Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Jake Weber, Kurt Fuller, Vicki Lewis, Matt Ross, Jerry Grayson, Michael Willis, Philip Akin, Mike O'Malley, Neil Crone, Matt Gordon, Joe Pingue, Shaun Majumder, Dwight McFee, Robert Smith, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Star Jasper
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAME on June 6, 2005
Format: DVD
Nick Falzone (John Cusack) is at the top of his profession, the number one air traffic controller servicing one of the busiest airports in the U.S.A. Nicknamed "the zone" he is the epitomy of focus and control. This need to be the best is not restricted to the control tower, but permeates every aspect of his life. At first it appears that Nick is the master of his own destiny, unbeatable in everything he puts his mind to. That is until a fellow employee breaks down on the job and Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) is hired to replace him.

Russell may be new to this particular airport, but he has a reputatiion amongst fellow air traffic controllers that has reached almost 'urban legend' proportions. Known as a maverick, a headcase, a lunatic, but also a brilliant air traffic controller, rumor has it that Russell was fired from his last job for laying on a runway in front of an oncoming 747. Whether truth or fable, Russell is given a second chance and his reputation as a highly skilled controller is evident from his first day on the job. Nick realizes his position at the top of the heap may be in imminent danger.

Hoping to study his new rival in a different setting, Nick invites Russell and his wife to his home for a company party. Up until now Nick's wife Connie (Cate Blanchett) had been considered the prettiest wife amongst co-workers. However when Russell's wife Mary (Angelina Jolie) arrives at the party it becomes immediately obvious that a new consensus of opinion has been reached. Now the competition really begins.

Nick's obsession for outdoing Russell escalates. Russell on the other hand plays along with the pretense of competition while remaining unattached and emotionally undivested in what the outcome may be.
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I'm a former controller, and found the TRACON scenes almost unbearable. When the first airliner "fails to tag" (info in the data block is missing) and two planes are on what could be a collision course, the entire facility comes to a halt while controllers cluster around watching. Just ain't gonna happen!!! Everybody on duty is working a different sector, with their own conflicts to sort out. Why would things come to an abrupt halt just because two A/C were about to take the shower?
Fights in on the CR floor? Are you nuts!??! Asking another controller for an airplane to fill a gap? Oh, yeah, the guy's going to pluck a 747 out of the sky and move him into position. Grrrrrrrr.
Some other "irregularities" are nitpicking. Like two overwhelmed scope jockeys finding time between transmissions to converse, pilots not acknowledging instructions by announcing their ID.. Passengers being served drinks just moments before touchdown.. But these are mere irritants.
(If there's anybody reading this, and they are interested in what really happens, log on to liveatc.com, and listen in to New York -KJFJ--approach and discover how these guys do it, cooly and rapidly.)
Oddly enough, the reason air travel is safe these days is in part because everything is nice and dull and orderly.

As for the story... well, I guess the message was that tin pushers are whackos and jump into the sack with every hot and even whackier person who comes along. Yes, I used to go out and lay down on runways as big jets landed a few feet away.

Acting was good (Cusack's and Thornton are always solid), photography was top-rate, editing sound. But way, way too hard to believe by anybody with any understanding of big-time aviation.
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By QRIV on January 20, 2014
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Just a regular John Cusack and Billy Bob "B"-movie. Angelina Jolie is in here, along with some other smaller names we've seen before. Overall, it's a pretty good movie, with a decent story line. Oh, do I even need to say that NETFLIX DOESN'T HAVE IT?!?! Thanks again Amazon!!
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A good campy movie, which is pretty predictable, but it delivered what it was meant to .. Provided some laughs (if you get aviation humor) and John Cuzak is the best brooder on the planet... Just a fun flick!!
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Format: DVD
This is one of these movies where two diametrically different characters, Nick Falzone(John Cusack) and Russell Bell(Billy Bob Thornton), go head-to-head in a battle of wits and testosterone to see who is the better man. One will fall to an all-time low, while the other rediscovers himself and helps the man who has fallen.
As Air Traffic Controllers for one of the worlds busiest TRACONs, the New York-New Jersey air corridor, Nick and Russell are working in one of the most high-stress jobs around. Nick is known as "The Zone" for his ability to "push tin" faster than any other air traffic controller. Nick and his tight-knit group of work buddies are suddenly thrown a curve ball when Russell Bell transfers in from Denver. At first, they assume Russell is just another back-woods controller who wont make the cut. But, Russell has a unique talent for pushing tin that bothers Nick. Suddenly, this guy, who wears a feather in his headset and carries his own wooden chair to work is making Nick look bad. Nick has finally met his match.
Rumors and video tape about Russell soon fly all over the TRACON and upset the finite balance Nick and his buddies have. Nick is so bothered by this mysterious character that he tries to push a few of Russell's buttons, but to no avail. Everyone, including Nick's wife Connie, find Russell "interesting".
At the same time, Nick finds Russell's wife equally intriguing. It's not long before marraige vows are broken and friendships are strained, with Nick coming out the loser. Nick Falzone has to go to extraordinary lengths to undo the damage. In the end, Russell Bell is the one who saves him.
I didn't quite know what to expect when I bought this movie.
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