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
Released theatrically the very same day as City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994). Beth Grant who plays Helen in this film also appears in City Slickers II as Lois. See more »
Howard calls Annie a wildcat in his phone conversations with Jack. When Jack sees the Arizona Wildcats logo on Annie's sweater, he realizes that Payne has a camera on board the bus, through which he sees the logo.
But the logo on the sweater was too small, too faded, and too far away to to clearly appear on the bus camera's feed. Jack and Annie were also standing/leaning in front of the sweater for most of the time. See more »
Hey, this area's restricted.
Oh, hi. Yeah, I know. They called me down here. Some of this wiring got screwed up.
Nobody called it down to me. I'm going to have to see a work order.
Yeah, just a second. There you are.
[stabs workman in the ear with a screwdriver]
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TV versions shown on the USA Network after 9/11/2001 edit out a line from the scene where Jack and Annie discuss the bombers' motives. Sandra Bullock's line "Did we blow up his country or something?" is cut and the dialogue proceeds to Keanu Reeves' next line. See more »
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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