Speed (1994)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 56 mins

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In a downtown highrise building in Los Angeles, a psychopathic bomber and extortionist rigs an elevator full of people to plummet into the basement if his $3-million demand is not met. When SWAT Officers Jack Traven and Harry Temple foil the bomber's plan and rescue the hostages, the bomber retaliates. First he blows up a city bus, then contacts Traven to warn him that a second bus has a bomb attached to it. Once that bus hits 50mph, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it will explode. The bomber also warns Jack that if any attempt at rescue is made, the bomb will also explode. Jack races down the freeway and manages to board the bus. When an accident injures the driver, young bus passenger Annie is forced to take over behind the wheel and keep the bus running at 50 in order to stay alive. Will Jack and his fellow SWAT members be able to stop the psychopathic bomber - or will the Innocent passengers be killed when the bus runs out of fuel?

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock

Crew: Jan De Bont (Director), Andrzej Bartkowiak (Director of Photography), Mark Mancina (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Release Dates: 10 Jun 1994 (India)

Tagline: Get ready for rush hour

English Name: Speed

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Did you know? According to Graham Yost, the credited writer of Speed, Whedon wrote most of its dialogue. Script doctor Joss Whedon rewrote the script unaccredited. Read More
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as Howard Payne
as Officer Jack Traven
as Annie Porter
as Stephens
as Helen
as Ortiz
as Terry
as Jaguar Owner
as Det. Harold 'Harry' Temple
as Capt McMahon
as Bagwell
as Robin
as Mrs Kamino
as Friend of Executive
as Norwood
as Young Executive


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Executive Producer



Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Editor


Sound Effects Studio
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Art Director
Set Decorator
Set Dresser


Casting Associate

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician
Special Effects Studio


Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Coordinator Assistant

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Film Type:
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Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
ARRIFLEX 35 III, Panaflex Gold II, Beaumont Vista Vision
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Archival Source:
Get ready for rush hour
Movie Connection(s):
Featured in: Dil Chahta Hai (Hindi)
Referenced in: Independence Day (English)
Filming Locations:
Factual Mistake
Elevators' emergency brakes must engage faster than that, otherwise they would be useless if the car fell when nearer the base of the shaft.

Factual Mistake
A bus jumping a gap in an unfinished freeway would nosedive, not jump up and soar across to the other side. Director Jan de Bont has admitted getting around this by having the bus drive up a ramp.

Revealing Mistakes
When the bus is landing after jumping over the gap in the freeway, you can see that it is completely empty with nobody on board.

Revealing Mistakes
When the elderly woman refuses to be helped out of the elevator that is about to drop twenty floors, the floor outside the elevator can be seen through a hole in the bottom left hand corner of the elevator, revealing the fact that it is only one or, at most, two floors up.

Revealing Mistakes
Although the last shot from inside the bus before the jump shows the roadway simply ending, once looking from outside the bus we see it run over something just at the end of the road, then rise suddenly above road level. Obviously this is an end view of a ramp.

Revealing Mistakes
In the bus jump on the freeway, the missing bridge section is cut out digitally. However, the shadow of that part of the bridge is still visible.

At different stages in the movie, Harry's limp fluctuates between left and right leg.

At the beginning of the movie after Jack has hooked up the crane from outside to the lift, there is a shot of the crane outside, and the line going through the vent. If you look closely there is a pipe in front of the vent, yet when the crane goes through the vent, the pipe has vanished.

Annie's ring changes frequently.

Skid marks are already visible on the tarmac when Jack and Harry turn up at the building where the bombed elevator is.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Jack is talking to Howard Payne at the pay phone, the boom mic is reflected in the phone in several shots.

Character Error
The SWAT team members are all sans helmets when they respond to the elevator-hostage crisis.
In the original screenplay of this movie, Howard Payne's name was Howard Fisk.

Some of the scenes shot in the subway train as it runs off the rails are of a miniature model.

Filming scenes at the airport took around three weeks. Was made slightly difficult when a plane's engine was being tested and it was extremely noisy.

The subway train that comes crashing up onto Hollywood Blvd at the ending was actually a bus, decked out to look like a subway train.

Keanu Reeves actually did approximately 90% of his own stunts.

According to Graham Yost, the credited writer of Speed, Whedon wrote most of its dialogue. Script doctor Joss Whedon rewrote the script unaccredited.

Sandra Bullock to real learned to drive a bus for the film, passing her test on her first attempt.