About The Production
FOX 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a Linson Films production, A Mike Newell film, starring John Cusack (Con Air, Grosse Pointe Blank) as cocky air traffic controller Nick Falzone, and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, A Simple Plan) as his
FOX 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises
present a Linson Films production, A Mike Newell film, starring
John Cusack (Con Air, Grosse Pointe Blank) as cocky air
traffic controller Nick Falzone, and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling
Blade, A Simple Plan) as his stoic rival, Russell Bell, in
PUSHING TIN. The irreverent look at the prevention of mid-air
and mid-life collisions also stars Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth,
Oscar and Lucinda) as Nick's wife Connie, and Angelina Jolie
(George Wallace, Gia) as Russell's wife Mary.
The supporting cast includes Jake Weber (Meet Joe Black),
Vicki Lewis (Godzilla, NewsRadio), Kurt Fuller (The
Fan, Stuart Saves His Family) and Matt Ross (Face/Off).
Directed by Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Four Weddings and a
Funeral) from a screenplay by Glen Charles & Les Charles
(Cheers, Taxi), based upon the article "Something's
Got To Give" by Darcy Frey. The film is produced by Art Linson
(The Untouchables, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), and Alan
Greenspan (Donnie Brasco) and Michael Flynn (The Crow:
City of Angels, Ed Wood) serve as the film's executive producers.
Other members of the creative production team include director
of photography Gale Tattersall (Virtuosity, The Commitments),
Academy Award-nominated production designer Bruno Rubeo (Driving
Miss Daisy), editor Jon Gregory (Donnie Brasco, Four Weddings
and a Funeral) and costume designer Marie-Sylvie Deveau (Mimic).
Music is by Anne Dudley (The Full Monty).
In 1996, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published an article
by writer Darcy Frey entitled "Something's Got to Give."
The piece chronicled the inner workings of the New York Terminal
Approach Radar Control (TRACON) center, a veritable pressure cooker
of the air traffic control industry, and focused on several of
the men who stew in that atmosphere of stress and anxiety.
Veteran Hollywood producer Art Linson read the article and subsequently
optioned the rights to the story. "I read the piece and immediately
thought it would be a great premise for a movie," says Linson.
"Darcy's article was funny, serious and truly original. He
captured the juxtaposition of the dramatic hazards of these guys'
jobs with the comic energy of their personal lives and exposed
the readers to a strange new world, a world we certainly have
never seen on film before."
Linson enlisted the talents of writers Glen and Les Charles, the
creative forces behind the classic television series Taxi and
Cheers, to pen what would become the script for PUSHING TIN.
Linson and Laura Ziskin, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, sent
the script to British director Mike Newell, who had recently finished
Donnie Brasco and was preparing for some much-needed rest.
"I was tired," confesses director Mike Newell, "and
I was by no means sure that I wanted to go back to work. But I
took a look at the script, did some work with Glen and Les and
fell in love with them. They are two very inventive, receptive
and bright men
wonderful writers. I so enjoyed working with
them that my involvement in the project sort of rolled on from
Newell and the Charles brothers worked together on several drafts,
creating a final script that Newell desc
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