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Speed (1994)

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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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Jan de Bont

Writer:

Graham Yost
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Jack Traven
Dennis Hopper ... Howard Payne
Sandra Bullock ... Annie
Joe Morton ... Capt. McMahon
Jeff Daniels ... Harry
Alan Ruck ... Stephens
Glenn Plummer ... Jaguar Owner
Richard Lineback ... Norwood
Beth Grant ... Helen
Hawthorne James ... Sam
Carlos Carrasco ... Ortiz
David Kriegel David Kriegel ... Terry
Natsuko Ohama Natsuko Ohama ... Mrs. Kamino
Daniel Villarreal ... Ray
Simone Gad ... Bus Passenger #1
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Storyline

Bomber extortionist'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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,456,194, 12 June 1994

Gross USA:

$121,248,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$350,448,145
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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There is a real person named Howard Payne who works on elevators; he and another guy named Deviant Ollam run a firm called The Core Group. See more »

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The car that jumped high and fell down with heavy impact hardly shows any damage when Jack and Harry arrives at the skyscraper. Is this two cars, one for show jump, and the other to show the "car" arrived without any damage? 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.
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Howard Payne: Yeah, just a second. There you are.
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Special edition DVD contains some extended scenes:
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Thoroughly entertaining
1 March 2005 | by jeremyglickSee all my reviews

Speed is one of my favorite action movies of all time, just a notch below contemporaries like Terminator 2 and Die Hard. The premise is so simple that it's almost a parody of movie pitches (Homer Simpson's line was "I saw this movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called 'The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down'."). Fortunately this film came to be much better than the sum of its parts, and it's deservedly remembered as one of the most entertaining films of the 90s.

What distinguishes Speed is its humanity, due in no small part to the character of Annie (Sandra Bullock). The best example of this is the moment when Annie, while driving the bus, thinks she has struck a baby stroller. She becomes so distraught that she lets go of the steering wheel, never mind the fact that she is in charge of driving a bomb-laden bus through the L.A. suburbs. It's one of several moments that draw us into the film by helping us identify with the characters, and it's all the more elegant for its simplicity. This movie isn't complex, but it doesn't claim to be.

There is a certain irony that Speed succeeds so well on a human level, since Jan de Bont is not generally considered an "actor's director". He started as a cinematographer, and even when he talks about directing he discusses technical aspects and seldom mentions working with actors. Nowhere was this more evident than Speed 2, which pretty much killed his directorial career. Given that, it's all the more remarkable what he pulled off in the original Speed, as everything seemed to come together for him.

The overall performances really serve this picture well. Keanu is at his best (which is to say, mediocre), Sandra launched a career based on this movie, and Dennis Hopper did a wonderful job as the sardonic villain. Plus he has one of my favorite bad-guy lines of all time (Traven: "You're crazy." Payne: "Poor people are crazy, Jack. I'm eccentric.").

8/10


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