A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Release Year: 1994
Rating: 7.2/10 (123,368 voted)
Critic's Score: 78/100
Jan de Bont
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
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.
Officer Jack Traven
Det. Harold 'Harry' Temple
Bus Passenger #1
Get ready for rush hour.
Release Date: 10 June 1994
Filming Locations: Ballerina Clown – 255 Main Street, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $14,800,000
(12 June 1994)
Did You Know?
The ad that appears on the tail of the first bus that explodes says "Save the Clams" was an advertisement for The Bank of Santa Monica.
A break in the seam of the prosthetic covering of Payne's hand is visible when he lifts the venetian blind to check out Pershing Square.
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]
A Great Action Film That Is Actually a Great Film
"Speed" was a runaway success in 1994. It was a block-buster in every sense
of the word and critically speaking, it is an excellent motion picture. The
film deals with an LAPD swat officer (Keanu Reeves) who is playing a deadly
game of cat-and-mouse with crazed ex-cop Dennis Hopper. After Reeves stops
Hopper from blowing up a high-rise building, the next obstacle is a city
bus. Hopper has rigged the bus to explode if the "speed" ever drops below
50 miles per hour. Sandra Bullock, in her star-making role, plays an
unlucky passenger who becomes the center of attention when she is forced to
be the driver when the original navigator is accidently shot. The great
thing about "Speed" is the fact that it never tries to be more than it is.
It goes for non-stop action, thrills, chills, and spills. However, Dennis
Hopper's character is somewhat complex and his performance probably should
have garnered him an Oscar nomination. A great film in spite of the fact it
is from the action genre. 5 stars out of 5.