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

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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.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 June 1994 (USA)  »

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The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,800,000 (USA) (12 June 1994)

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$121,248,145 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was parodied in Father Ted: Speed 3 (1998), in which Father Ted Crilly sets out to save Father Dougal McGuire, when vengeful milkman and womanizer Pat Mustard, who has rigged the milk float that Dougal is driving, to explode if the milk float's speed drops below four miles per hour. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, the train flies off the track, through a wood-framed tunnel under construction, and then onto a city street. During the credits, as the shot is pulled back, there is no destroyed wood-framed tunnel. In fact, traffic is flowing normally in the background. See more »

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[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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Marked and Distributed by ARISTA RECORDS
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A Great Action Film That Is Actually a Great Film
25 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Speed" was a runaway success in 1994. It was a block-buster in every sense of the word and critically speaking, it is an excellent motion picture. The film deals with an LAPD swat officer (Keanu Reeves) who is playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with crazed ex-cop Dennis Hopper. After Reeves stops Hopper from blowing up a high-rise building, the next obstacle is a city bus. Hopper has rigged the bus to explode if the "speed" ever drops below 50 miles per hour. Sandra Bullock, in her star-making role, plays an unlucky passenger who becomes the center of attention when she is forced to be the driver when the original navigator is accidently shot. The great thing about "Speed" is the fact that it never tries to be more than it is. It goes for non-stop action, thrills, chills, and spills. However, Dennis Hopper's character is somewhat complex and his performance probably should have garnered him an Oscar nomination. A great film in spite of the fact it is from the action genre. 5 stars out of 5.


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