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

Director:

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

When a young Los Angeles police department, Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) officer called Jack Traven angers retired Atlanta police department bomb squad member Howard Payne, by foiling his attempt at taking hostages stuck in an elevator with a bomb, Payne in retaliation arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of spunky passenger Annie, Jack and his partner Detective Harry Temple try to save the people on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne is monitoring them. Written by Jwelch5742

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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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Although it was not part of the original screenplay, Keanu Reeves and Jan de Bont both agreed that miming gum chewing was an ingenious way to foreshadow Jack Traven's "gut feelings," thus exposing his thought processes to the audience. This revelation occurred after Keanu casually ad libbed this into one of the scene takes. See more »

Goofs

When Payne is in a hideout watching the news unfold on numerous TV sets, he hears one reporter mention that a Los Angeles police officer (Jack) boarded the bus from a moving car. Right here we can see a reflection of Payne in the TV screen, which shows him placing his right hand over his mouth. In the following shot of Payne's face, where he says "Oh would that be you Jack?", his hand isn't anywhere near his mouth. 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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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version had the 1981 20th Century Fox logo at the opening. All VHS, Laserdisc and DVD versions plaster this with the 1994 CGI logo (with the 1981 fanfare) that was used until 2009. However, the Blu-ray release restores the original 1981 logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Springfield Files (1997) See more »

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Soul Deep
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson (as Wayne Carson)
Produced by Gin Blossoms
Performed by Gin Blossoms
Courtesy of A&M Records
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A classic action film.
2 June 2004 | by Lev821See 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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