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A young police officer 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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Plot Keywords:

bus | bomb | rescue | police | 1990s | See All (188) »


Get ready for rush hour.

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)


$121,248,145 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Jan De Bont, Keanu Reeves wasn't used to playing a role requiring such extreme reactions. See more »


Shortly after Annie takes control of the bus, if you look out the window in the background when Jack asks her if she can handle it, we can see the bus passing the same truck accident that Jack parked his car in front of when he first spotted the bus. 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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a pure adrenaline rush
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Take Keanu Reeves as a cop willing to shoot hostages, Dennis Hopper as a crazed bomber, and the beautiful Sandra Bullock as a reckless, "substitute" bus driver, combine them, and what do you get? You get one of the smartest, most high-energy action films ever made. Be prepared to hold on for dear life after you watch this one. It will blow you away with plenty of violence, breathtaking explosions, and cliffhanger action sequences. A thrill ride! 4/4

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