7.2/10
294,875
387 user 117 critic

Speed (1994)

Trailer
2:37 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
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
Reviews
Popularity
1,490 ( 62)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Con Air (1997)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich
Face/Off (1997)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo
Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
The Rock (1996)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Following the events of The Matrix (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Point Break (1991)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.

Director: Jan de Bont
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe
Armageddon (1998)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Bad Boys (1995)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get ready for rush hour.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,000, 12 June 1994

Gross USA:

$121,248,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$350,448,145
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was originally supposed to be released in August 1994 as 20th Century Fox had concerns that the film would underperform at the box-office, and they felt it would be a worthy action successor to True Lies (1994), which opened that July. However, the film performed very well during test screenings, and test audiences loved it so much, which prompted Fox to move the release date up to June, as their first movie of the summer season, and to provide adult action competition in comparison with the family friendly The Flintstones (1994), which opened two weeks earlier. In the end, Fox made the right decision, as the film grossed 121 million dollars in the U.S. and Canada, and 350 million dollars worldwide, against a budget of thirty million dollars. See more »

Goofs

After everyone is off the bus, the runaway bus collides into a plane being pulled out of a hanger and explodes. The airport would most likely have been evacuated as soon as a bus carrying a bomb drove onto its runways. No one would be working during that time. 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.
See more »

Alternate Versions

For the German video version, the scene where the woman is run over by the bus was brightened using a color filter. The DVD features the normal version as seen in cinemas. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Soundtrack available on FOX RECORDS
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Pop quiz...There's a space on your DVD or Video rack. What do you do? What do you do?
25 May 2003 | by alan.kelly1701bSee all my reviews

Pop quiz...There's a space on your DVD or Video rack. What do you do? What do you do?

Beat the rush hour, run the red lights, stay above 50mph and make your way to your nearest video supplier to buy or rent Speed.

This film is a definite MUST for those people who enjoy a good Action Thriller type film (and maybe even for those who don't).

I have a lot of love for Speed and no matter how many times I see it; it STILL continues to deliver non-stop action and incredible stunts & special effects. Jan de Bont did a fantastic job directing this and I can't believe that the same guy who made this also made such a dire sequel like Cruise Control (but that's another story).

Keanu Reeves once more proves what a great actor he is and that he is well suited for these types of movies. Speed also helped launch Sandra Bullock's career. Dennis Hopper's portrayal of Howard Payne is fantastic and Speed is a worth addition to his already impressive CV of films. He makes a great villain.

The main three stars of Reeves, Bullock, & Hopper is strongly supported by Joe Morton (Terminator 2) and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber) and it's also nice to see supporting actors actually doing something.

I am proud to say that Speed has a place on my DVD rack. A rack that won't be getting its space used up by Cruise Control (Special Edition or not!)

I have so many more positive things to say about this film and I think I said most of them in my User Comments for Cruise Control in which I compared that film with this. There's NO comparison. I think I all but destroyed Cruise Control with my comments leaving Speed as the clear winner. Speed most definitely stays above 50mph.

My vote: 10/10


38 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 387 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed