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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Trivia

There was an instance where a schoolboy saved the lives of a schoolbus full of kids, when the driver had a heart attack, by climbing on to the driver's lap, jumping on the brake pedal and pulling the bus to the side of the road. When asked later why he did it, he told them that he had seen "that bus movie". At half-time during an NFL game, there was a ceremony hailing the boy as a hero. See more »

Goofs

City buses have approximately 70% of their total weight in the rear due to the extra suspension, wheels and the engine. This is made evident when the bus first jumps the gap in the freeway, as the rear of the bus dipped down while the front of the bus pointed up. Therefore, it would be impossible for the bus to have jumped a fifty foot gap in the freeway that was level on both sides and landed as shown. 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

Special edition DVD contains some extended scenes:
  • After Jack shoots Harry in the leg, he then shoots at Payne and hurts his neck.
  • The cop's party is extended.
  • Additional dialogue between Annie and Helen (Annie is a graphic designer but works in a fish restaurant).
  • More dialogue between the hostages after Helen's death.
  • A conversation which shows why Ray pulled his gun on Jack.
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Soundtracks

Speed
Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Produced by Ralph Sall, Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis / EMI Records
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One of the best action films ever!
31 October 2001 | by SmileysWorldSee all my reviews

If ever there was a film I wished I had seen at the theater,this would be the one.It's a great combination of a well written story, great direction,and a great cast.It's one of those films that you want to like so much,and it does not disappoint.The only thing that bothered me about the film is perhaps is the insertion of ill timed corny remarks ("He lost his head"),and the ending could have been done better,but overall a great action film worth owning.


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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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