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A young cop 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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Máxima velocidad  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,823,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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$121,248,145 (USA)
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Trivia

Script doctor Joss Whedon rewrote the script uncredited. According to Graham Yost, the credited writer of Speed, Whedon wrote most of its dialogue. See more »

Goofs

When the bus makes its jump across the freeway gap the poster on its side was loosened and dangled by a single bolt. But later as the bus heads down the runway at LAX the sign is back in place. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1996 (1996) See more »

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Speed
Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Produced by Ralph Sall, Billy Idol, and Steve Stevens
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis/EMI Records
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A classic action film.
2 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

In what is certainly Jan de bont's best film, and Keanu's best role before Neo, this has earned its place as one of the best action films ever. Good action films have good story lines to justify the explosions and violence. There is no exception here. The story is a simple one, which sets up the scenes for plenty of tension and action. If I was to make one criticism, I think it was in the part played by Dennis Hopper. He didn't come across as entirely convincing, but the rest of the film made up for this and it seems alright. It's a pity that de bont thought he could do it again in speed 2, and another pity that Sandra bullock agreed to be in it. Keanu made the right decision to not appear in this, as this seems a polar opposite to the first film. Ignore the second, the first is, to me, a classic in its genre.


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