Pushing Tin

Synopsis: Nick and the other boys (and Vicki Lewis) working the hotspot of air traffic control in New York are impressed with themselves, to say the least. They thrive on the no-room-for-error, fast-paced job and let it infect their lives. The undisputed king of pushing tin, "The Zone" Falzone, rules his workplace and his wedded life with the same short-attention span that gets planes where they need to be in the nick of time. That is, until Russell Bell, a new transfer with a reputation for recklessness but a record of pure perfection shatters the tensely-held status quo. The game of one-upmanship between the two flies so high as to lead Nick into Russell's bed with his wife. His sanity slipping just as fast as his hold on #1, Cusack's controller is thrown out-of-control when Thornton's wanderer quietly leaves town. Nick must now find a way to regain his sanity and repair his marriage before he breaks down completely.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mike Newell
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

Continental 901,

eight miles from marker...

...maintain 2000 till

intercepting the localizer.

TWA 732, runway 04.

Newark altimeter is 2992.

Continental 525,

turn left heading 140.

Maintain 5000, 220 knots.

- Please let that mean you're finished.

- Yes.

We're here all week.

- Contact Boston Center now.

- Ed, Tower wants them out faster.

I've only got so much room.

Airspace is finite.

- Ed's going down the pipes.

- I am not.

You are. It happens when

you use the word "finite."

American 427, heading 210.

Traffic 5:
00 above you.

- Correction, below you. No, no!

- Blow you? Blow me, correct.

- Nick, could you take Allegheny 2629?

- Sure, I got room for the whole fleet.

You don't have to take it.

You're full.

- Teamwork.

- Don't be a pain, Pat.

- Off the rubber!

- Get off!

Allegheny 2629 reduce speed

to 180 knots. Altimeter 2992.

One-eighty, 2629.

KLM 3729, three miles southeast bound.

I put him ahead of you. Caution...


- He's in sight, 3729.

Thanks. Turn 20 degrees left.

I'll keep you on the ILS.

"4 out of 5 dentists surveyed

recommend sugarless gum."

Sugarless gum, sugarless gum,


...gum, gum, gum, income, become...

Continental 962, head 140.

140, Continental 962.

American 7736, contact

Newark tower, 118.3.

- Thanks.

- You do good work. American 7736.

- I need more planes to stay interested.

- I'll be damned.

- Continental 428, descend to 5000.

- 6 to 5. Continental 428.

- Continental 961, go to Robbinsville.

- To Robbinsville.

He shoots. He scores.

It's sleek, it's crisp.

Is that crisp vectoring or what?

I got them lined up like Rockettes.

- You think Tina looks good lately?

- Too muscular.

- We see her every day.

- It'd be like sex with your wife.

- Extra-crispy makes me ill.

- I'll take them.

- I want a side of berries.

- White toast for me.

- Whatever toast you got.

- No butter, wheat toast.

- I gotta start again.

- Not to worry there, Kim.

Everybody loses the picture sometimes.

Take the weight off.

Don't worry, he bails us out too.

She was gonna sit here.

Two eggs easy, crisp bacon,

browns, wheat.

A 3-egg ham and cheddar,

no onion, rye.

A 3-egg sunny, tall buttermilk...

...pigs, browns, double white

and side berries.

Move it! Strive for greatness.

I'm a restaurant critic for The Times.

Pardon me. Would you join us

until something opens up?

- We'll wait.

- My mother'd be ashamed of me sitting.

She'll have a heart attack if I tell her.

I think it would be okay.

- How you doing?

- Good.

- Come on, now. Part the Red Sea.

- Have a seat.

- Thank you.

- Barry, Ron, Ed, I'm Nick. You are?

- Karen.

- Nice to meet you.

- I'm Beverly.

- Hi, how are you?

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

I'm married.

- You were about to attack him, huh?

- Do you work together?

We're in aviation.

- Pilots?

- How can you tell?

I drive a plane.

What are they doing?

What are they doing? Karen?

You're safe.

- We're air traffic controllers.

- So you work in a tower somewhere?

No, we work in a big building

on the island.


- A what?

Terminal Radar Approach Control.

- It's not near an airport.

- We funnel planes through New York.

- Tower turns you over to us.

- 7000 a day.

More planes closer together

than any other place.

- It's true.

- It sounds tough.

- It is.

- I don't know what the big deal is.

Seems to me like you just sit around

talking on the radio.

- It's much more complicated than that.

- It's complicated.

- This job can be a bit stressful...

- Stop saying it's stressful!

- Hey, baby.

- Hey, honey.

- You hungry?

- No, we ate at Ted's.

- Lipstick.

- Where are you going?

School, to talk about

Nicky's attention span.

- What about it?

- Apparently he doesn't have one.

How do I look?

Do I look parental and concerned?

You look great. Maybe I should go too.

That's okay. I can handle this.

- I want you to stay, get some sleep.

- Sleep is boring.

I worry about you.

- Do you have to go right away?

- Why?

Oh, that feels good.

Will you at least hurry back?

- From what?

- The attention thing.

Save it, honey.

There's a casserole in the...

- In the fridge.

- Fridge.

- Be fast.

- It'll be like it never happened.

We need one of those chairs,

the things that the old people have.

Yes, I'll be right there. I'm...

I'm sorry, Sister Beatrice.

Yes, I understand. I'm sorry.

Yes, I'm very sorry. Yeah, bye-bye.

I hate conferences like this. I always

feel like a failure as a parent.

She's a nun.

They're very unhappy people.

- I'll help with his homework.

- Only when you work days.

- He'll be a third smarter.

- You work days 12 times.

- It's not a third.

- Like what? 12 into 31. It's like...

- I've got my art class tonight.

- What are you talking about?

The adult extension class,

Drawing the Human Form. I told you.

You know, I just...

...I need to feel a little more...

I need to have a life of the mind.

- Will there be lots of bare-assed guys?

- No.

- They come later.

- That's why you're doing it.

Do you think it's a bad idea?

No, I think all that stuff is good.

Whatever makes you happy, you know?

You're happy, aren't you, Connie?

Yeah. Sure.

What a funny old question.

This is the radar to show us

all the planes over New York.

Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark

are all within 20 miles.

7000 flights take off every...

- What are you doing?

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