Pushing Tin 1999

Pushing Tin

Critics Consensus

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

48%

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Two air traffic controllers (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.

Cast & Crew

John Cusack
Nick Falzone
Cate Blanchett
Connie Falzone
Vicki Lewis
Tina Leary
Jake Weber
Barry Plotkin
Matt Ross
Ron Hewitt
Darcy Frey
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Glen Charles
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Les Charles
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Michael Flynn
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Alan Greenspan
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Anne Dudley
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Chris Seefried
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Gale Tattersall
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Critic Reviews for Pushing Tin

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (35)

Audience Reviews for Pushing Tin

  • Jul 04, 2012
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2009
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2009
    Cusack kils th big screen in "Pushing Tin, and that's a compliment.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2008
    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 B Super Reviewer

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