A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

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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

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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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10 June 1994 (USA)  »

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The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,823,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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$121,248,145 (USA)
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Trivia

Stunt Coordinator Tracy Bunting told Interview Magazine that this was "the most challenging" of her career, in particular the iconic "stroller full of cans" scene. See more »

Goofs

In the elevator scene, when Jack is on top of the elevator, Payne sends the elevator to floor 46 from floor 28, but a second later when Jack looks up at the camera, if you look very closely, you can see he is on floor 15...16...17..., but he's supposed to go up from 28 to 46. See more »

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[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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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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a pure adrenaline rush
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Take Keanu Reeves as a cop willing to shoot hostages, Dennis Hopper as a crazed bomber, and the beautiful Sandra Bullock as a reckless, "substitute" bus driver, combine them, and what do you get? You get one of the smartest, most high-energy action films ever made. Be prepared to hold on for dear life after you watch this one. It will blow you away with plenty of violence, breathtaking explosions, and cliffhanger action sequences. A thrill ride! 4/4


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