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Speed (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  10 June 1994 (USA)
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Reviews: 368 user | 113 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.



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Bus Passenger #1


Bomber terrorist's elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack's superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb. Written by Kris Hopson

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Get ready for rush hour.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Máxima velocidad  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,823,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)


£10,534,359 (UK) (9 December 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Jan de Bont came up with the idea for the opening elevator sequence while working as a cinematographer on Die Hard (1988). While riding in an elevator in the building used as the skyscraper in that film, the elevator got stuck on the 40th floor, and de Bont had to climb out the escape hatch and jump onto another elevator to get out. See more »


During the medal ceremony, Harry is addressed as 'Officer' and wears the rank insignia of a Police Officer III (2 chevrons), but later Jack tells the Jaguar driver to call a number and ask for 'Detective Harry Temple'. Detective is a higher rank than Officer in the LAPD. See more »


[first lines]
Workman: Hey, this area's restricted.
Howard Payne: Oh, hi. Yeah, I know. They called me down here. Some of this wiring got screwed up.
Workman: Nobody called it down to me. I'm going to have to see a work order.
Howard Payne: Yeah, just a second. There you are.
[stabs workman in the ear with a screwdriver]
Howard Payne: Nothing personal.
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Enough action for three movies
16 January 2002 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Enough action sequences for three movies. Sandra Bullock has the cuteness controls set on HIGH, and Keanu Reeves plays it straight, a lot like his part in "Point Break". Dennis Hopper is, of course, one of the most believably creepy movie villains in the business today. (See him in "Blue Velvet") OK, there were some physical impossibilities in the film, but c'mon, most action films have them. (I've driven buses before, and they will not do many of the things in this movie.) This movie kept my eyes glued to the screen throughout. Grade: B+

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