"...Punchy and involving....PUSHING TIN makes for a lively flight..."
Sight and Sound - 11/??/1999
"...From the terrific ensemble cast to the meticulous cinematography and subtle score, PUSHING TIN is one of the most consistently enjoyable US films of the year..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/08/1999
"...It's a treat to watch Cusack riff..."
New York Times - 04/23/1999
"...A four character story with four characters worth watching. Mr. Newell's ensemble timing and breezily sardonic style make it work..."
Box Office - 07/01/1999
?Cusack's the center of attention in this film, and he encapsulates the role adeptly?
USA Today - 04/23/1999
"...The movie is made to a great extent by its four key performances....[With] another super turn from Angelina Jolie..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/23/1999
"...It's an intriguing film....One of the year's most interesting..."
Nick Falzone (John Cusack) is a confident, accomplished air traffic controller whose life is turned upside down when drifter Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) joins his tight-knit work team and threatens to drive him insane. Stakes are high and pressure is constant in the world of air traffic control, making the line between excellence and failure dangerously thin. While jokes provide the team of controllers with an important release from their stressful occupation, a narrow division exists between teasing and animosity.
Mike Newell's careful research of the air traffic control profession, including its frequent emotional toll, lends a high level of realism to PUSHING TIN. Newell combines a depiction of the demandingly precise work done in air traffic control towers with an emotional portrait of the people charged with the safety of thousands of airline passengers and crew every day. The film also features the charming talents of Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie.
Mike Newell's PUSHING TIN takes a offbeat look at the stressful lives of air traffic controllers.