Pushing Tin (1999)



Critic Consensus: Solid performances by the leads, but the generic ending needs help.

Movie Info

Nick Falzone who is an air controller addicted to his radar equipment is responsible for regulating the traffic overload of Newark, the most congested airport in New York. He works at the Long Island control tower where the atmosphere is tense and definitely macho. The arrival of Russell Bell turns Nick's life upside down. Russell is a dare-devil from out of town who has made a reputation for himself for once having laid down under a 747 at take-off to experience the thrill of being thrown to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Glen Charles, Les Charles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment - Official Site


as Nick Falzone

as Russell Bell

as Connie Falzone

as Mary Bell

as Barry Plotkin

as Ed Clabes

as Tina Leary

as Ron Hewitt

as Leo Morton

as Pat Feeney

as Mark

as New Controller

as Veteran Controller

as Julie Clabes

as Crystal Plotkin

as Beverly

as Diner Waitress

as Falzone Girl

as Falzone Boy

as Mrs. Conner

as Scared Student

as Supermarket Clerk

as Enzo Sorrento

as Bodybuilder

as Sorrento Customer

as Announcer

as Dynajet Flight Atten...

as Dynajet Steward

as Dynajet Captain

as TV Reporter

as K-9 Cop

as Lady Sparta

as Near Miss Pilot

as TRACON Guard

as Honeymoon Man

as Honeymoon Woman

as Flight Attendant

as Tina's Boyfriend

as Dr. Freeze (uncredit...
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Critic Reviews for Pushing Tin

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (25)

Mediocre scripting and direction!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

A fast-paced, twisty-turny, high-fiving, but ultimately spiraling disaster of a movie!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic


January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It plays like a magazine article: some interesting facts, no drama. Not many laughs either, in case director Mike Newell thought he was making a comedy.

January 1, 2000
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As pre-packaged as airplane food!

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Seems to devolve into a season's worth of hokey compacted episodes, with every 15 minutes showcasing a dramatic device more outlandishly cheesy than the last!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pushing Tin


Pushing Tin is a very entertaining film that blends comedy and drama. I thought that the film was very well done, and I much preferred it the second time around. This is a well acted film with a great cast. John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are great here, and they make the film work. This is an entertaining film, and the characters are very intriguing and keep you involved. The plot of the film is very good, layered with a well written script and it has good directing provided by Mike Newell. This is a well put together film that if you want a different type of comedy, is definitely worth checking out. The film has its flaws, but Cusack and Thornton are able to constantly make entertaining and worthwhile that you end up not caring so much about its imperfections. Pushing Tin is a refreshing comedy, one that has some great characters, each with an interesting back story. Thornton however steals the show and he delivers the energy that makes this one worth watching. There's also a serious tone to the film, and it adds more atmosphere. If you want a different type of comedy film, then give this film a shot. The performances are great, the jokes are well written, and the directing is very well done. However to appreciate this film a bit more, you may need to watch it a second time as it's offbeat humor may not appeal straight away. The film grows on you after a while, and in the end, you realize how good this film really is. A definite must see Pushing Tin is a truly unique and eccentric comedy drama film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


The films is pretty good, then it falls apart and doesn't quite recover. The performances are the best part, and I liked that this film was about a subject that hasn't been shown on screen before. Too bad the screenplay craps out, otherwise this would be a far better film. I'll be nice and give it a solid B-.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A wonderful film about becoming the second best. Cusack is his perfect self, he represents the insecure everyman who is given a run for his money by the "interesting" Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton's character of Russel is brilliant, he's slightly odd, quite slimy and maybe a tad evil without ever being these things. It's how Cusack and others play off him that really create such a sinister being. Jolie is perfect, she's never looked better and her role is fantastic although she has a lack of screen time. Blanchett is also reduced to playing a typical wife, though her innocence and chemistry with Cusack do create someone sympathetic. The film is often laugh out loud, but overall it's not the most memorable of the bunch.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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