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Edinburgh Festival 99 Wednesday, 25 August, 1999, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Connery steals the show
Sean Connery in Edinburgh with his wife Micheline
Edinburgh's most famous son, Sean Connery, has flown into the city to make an unexpected appearance at the international premiere of the new film by Four Weddings and a Funeral director Mike Newell.

Edinburgh Festival 1999
The former 007 arrived with his wife Micheline in a discreet white Ford Mondeo at the ABC cinema in Edinburgh's city centre.

His arrival took the paparazzi - who were waiting for the Golden Globe winning star of the film Cate Blanchett - by surprise.

Cate Blanchett: The film marks a departure for the actress
But Connery was happy to pose for the photographers before he entered the cinema.

Blanchett arrived in a limousine slightly later, dressed casually in a red top, green high heels and reflective green skirt.

The film represents a new direction for the actress, who previously starred in the costume drama Elizabeth.

Inside the cinema, she paid tribute to the cast of Pushing Tin. "I'm a small but hopefully enjoyable part of a great team of people," she said.

"We had a kooky old time making it and I hope you have a kooky old time watching it."

John Cusack: Stars as a stressed air traffic controller
Blanchett plays a wife who leaves her husband when she discovers his infidelity in the film, which also stars John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie.

Pushing Tin revolves around the high stress world of New York's air traffic control tower.

The controllers are paid to make thousands of life or death decisions every day as they bring down planes in the world's most crowded air space.

But the film looks at what happens when they make rash choices in their private lives and the macho contest between those working in the field.

Essentially a formulaic Hollywood flick, Pushing Tin nonetheless succeeds in provoking genuine emotion within the audience.

The film opens in cinemas around the United Kingdom on 29 October.

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