Original Release: April 23, 1999 (US)
Directed by: Mike Newell
Written by: Darcy Frey, Glen Charles, Les Charles
Produced by: Art Linson
Running Time: 124 minutes
Box Office: $8,406,264 (US)
Nick and the other boys 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.
John Cusack (Nick Falzone), Billy Bob Thornton (Russell Bell), Cate Blanchett (Connie Falzone), Jake Weber (Barry Plotkin), Kurt Fuller (Ed Clabes), Vicki Lewis (Tina Leary), Matt Ross (Ron Hewitt), Jerry Grayson (Leo Morton)
Filming Locations: (view all)
- Minnesota, USA
- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
- Newark, New Jersey, USA
- The Amazing Ted's Restaurant, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Victorville, California, USA
- Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie first met on the set of this movie. They fell in love and became a couple afterwards and was married for a while.
- Billy Bob Thornton's character (Russell Bell) states in the movie that he is half Irish (his father) and half Choctaw Indian (his mother). In real life, Mr. Thornton's father is of Irish ancestry, while his mother is half Choctaw Indian and half Italian.
Mary Bell: Mr. Falzone, what's the fewest number of words you can use to get out that door?
Mary Bell: Are there people who find you charming?
Nick Falzone: Well they pretend, 'cause I try real hard.
Mary Bell: I'm so sorry...
Nick Falzone: Why?
Mary Bell: I wasn't talking to you.
Nick Falzone: Who were you talking to?
Mary Bell: God, I guess!
Mary Bell: I am way too sober for this.