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Pushing Tin [1999] [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Jake Weber
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Writers: Darcy Frey, Glen Charles, Les Charles
  • Producers: Alan Greenspan, Art Linson, John Marshall, Michael Flynn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IXCS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nick Falzone (John Cusack) is the best air-traffic controller in the business. He is therefore rattled by the arrival of a laid-back and supercool rival, in the form of Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton). As the rivalry between the two increases, they find themselves acting out ever more dangerous stunts, much to the outrage of the authorities.

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Blessed with a fantastic cast and slick direction by Mike Newell, Pushing Tin is one of those invigorating movies (like Wall Street or All the President's Men) that takes you behind the scenes of a dramatic profession--in this case, the high-stress world of air-traffic controllers--and throws in a source of conflict to ramp up the tension. For ace "tin-pusher" Nick Falzone (John Cusack), that conflict arrives in the form of Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton), whose Zen-like control of air traffic immediately puts Nick on the defensive. Add an incident of infidelity and Nick's subsequent self-loathing and guilt and Pushing Tin turns into a macho contest, with Nick's and Russell's spouses (Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie, respectively) stuck in the middle.

At that point, this otherwise splendid comedy-drama turns almost fatally silly and hits additional turbulence by lapsing into a predictable series of pat resolutions. Fortunately, the jazzy cast avoids a nosedive into the tarmac, and if you recall Blanchett's Oscar-nominated performance in Elizabeth, you'll be amazed by her flawless transformation into a smart and sweetly devoted New Jersey housewife. Dialogue is a major asset here, and the script (by TV veterans Glen and Les Charles) gives Cusack & co. plenty to chew on. That makes Pushing Tin a breezy good time, and its flaws are easily forgiven. --Jeff Shannon

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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
John Cusack is in top form as ultra-cool Nick "The Zone" Falzone, a smart, cocky, adrenaline filled New York air traffic controller. It's extremely stressful, taking nerves of steel to control the landing of numerous planes and Nick is the undisputed master of the control tower. Until, that is, the arrival of enigmatic Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) who seems even more talented and skilled. When Nick makes the mistake of sleeping with Russell's wife he becomes riddled with guilt, fearing the future of his own marriage and convinced that Russell is looking to make him a cuckold. Paranoia takes over with inevitable consequences. This comedy has the extrovert garrulous Cusack and restrained maverick Thornton go head-to-head in a very entertaining film. Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie are also very good. Worth a look if you haven't seen it.
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Pushing Tin is a film about two air traffic controllers (played by John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton) who compete at everything,from seeing who can hold a burning match the longest to who can get a basketball in the net the most times in a row.And like all their colleagues at work they are not people you would want controlling the airspace above New York in real life! Pushing Tin has many unexpected twists and turns in the plot,humour,romance,happy moments and sad ones,and all in all makes for great viewing.
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By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
Just think about it... 'Pushing Tin'. This film shows the meaning of its title, generally its about the good fun had whilst being the best airtraffic controller, but then... good old Billy-Bob Thornton and his fantastic real life wife (Angelina Jolie) join in and the tin starts to push itself.
What can i say... 'Watch it', you'll find that you dont know what to think of it. I'll give you the speedy low-down, fantastic acting, great scenes, suspense, boobs, original story and competition. Now the interesting stuff. John Cussack rocks and this just shows how much. Both he and Billy-B take control of hundreds of lives throughout this film and pretty much show us how much fun can be had whilst doing so.
This film is all over the place, but still really easy to follow. It makes exciting Tele and a good anytime film (i.e. watch it alone, or with a room full of mates). Its full of intelligent conversations and jokes, but still has the all american 'im better than you' sort of atmosphere.
Confused... I was it took me months to decide wether i like this or not, during this time i watched it loads of times and finally decided that it rocks. Also if anyone who has seen it, could tell me if that really happens, when you play chicken with a plane, I would be very grateful. See this buy this do whatever you must to get the ideas this film portrays into your previously virgin mind!
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Always have enjoyed this film and wanted to treat myself and still enjoy it now - I know it's silly but that's why I like it
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Not a bad movie,bit of a cringe worthy mish mash at times, but it enjoyably passes the time
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Pushing Tin [1999] [DVD]Very Very FUNNY. Im in the Aircraft industry and don't usually think much of films to do with it, but this was found to be most amusing with a great cast.
Highly recomended! Dan.
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Good actors but didn't really grab me.
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Good product and arrived in good time
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