Speed

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20th Century Fox Released 1994

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Director:
Jan de Bont
Released:
1994
Rating:
R

Jack Traven is a member of the LAPD Swat team who was recently credited for saving the lives of officer workers held hostage by a terrorist, Howard Payne. Jack believes that Howard was killed after an explosion in the parking garage. The next day, Jack watches a bus explode, killing the driver. The pay phone closest to him rings and he picks it up. It is Howard, revealing that he is still alive and that he has put a bomb on another bus. He tells Jack that if the bus reaches 50 miles per hour, the bomb will be armed and when it drops below that speed, the bomb will explode. Howard also says that if anyone tries to get off the bus, he will set the bomb to go off. Jack finds the bus and manages to board it. He discovers the bomb has been armed, so as he attempts to find a way to disarm it, he has a passenger named Annie (Sandra Bullock) drive the bus. To find out what becomes of Jack, Annie and the rest of the passengers, watch Speed.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    We've seen this done before, but seldom so well, or at such a high pitch of energy.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    This film's dialogue isn't much more literate than a bus schedule, but its plotting is smart and breathless enough to make up for that.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    First-time helmer Jan De Bont, the ace lenser of most of Paul Verhoeven's films as well as "Die Hard" and numerous other large-scale pix, handles the action with great nimbleness a...

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    • Production budget - $30,000,000
      Domestic gross - $121,248,145 (8th)
      Worldwide gross - $350,448,145 (5th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $236,694,943
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $684,128,436

    • Filming locations:
      Ballerina Clown
      , Venice, Los Angeles, California
      City of Los Angeles Piper Technical Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Gas Co. Tower, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Santa Monica, California
      Mojave Airport, Mojave, California
      Norwalk, California    
      Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, California
      Long Beach, California
      20th Century Fox Studios, Century City, Los Angeles, California
      The Derby, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California
      The Firehouse, Venice, Los Angeles, California
      South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Best Sound
      2. Best Sound Editing

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Best Film Editing

    • Tagline:
      Get ready for rush hour.

    • Music:
      A Million Miles Away

      Written by Peter Case, Joey Alkes, and Chris Fredkin
      Performed by The Plimsouls
      Cot
      Written by L. Nelson, K. Brammer, M. Hoffman, and K. McFarlin
      Performed by Carnival Strippers
      Soul Deep
      Written by Wayne Carson
      Performed by The Gin Blossoms
      Speed
      Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
      Performed by Billy Idol

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Crime, Thrillers