Speed (1994)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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


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19 December 2019 | marmar-69780
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Speed is defienetly one of best action films in 90s and its filled with fun vibe that works in a great way for that time of making and it still holds up preety much today,for me plot in bus was far more intersting then the rest of plot expecely staff in train went for me to long and it felt unneceserey and it could be shorter cause it wasnt able to competite with far more engaing story before that,but as good the bus sequances were good it also had problems with passengers who didnt convince me with their performance,but all of that is easily ignored thanks to rest of film

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This movie represents the reincarnation of the 70s disaster movie. It's really a remake of movies like Airport 75 where we have a bomb blowing up part of the hub, killing the captain, and then one of the stewardesses has to pilot the plane down to earth again; lest it crashes and explodes- with the help of mission control. It's also really a remake of 1976s The Big Bus; another disaster movie; which is actually a comedy-satire; but it actually has the same plot. There's a huge cross country travel bus which is being threatened by terrorists; the bus driver gets killed, and another passenger has to drive the people back to safety lest the terrorists blow up the bus. The plot feels new but it's actually a throwback to an older dead genre. The movie also borrows from 1985s Runaway Train which also has a similar plot; right down to there being a couple criminals coincidentally on the runaway vehicle which adds another layer of distress.


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.
Howard Payne: Nothing personal.


Throughout the movie, it is clear that the bus is only traveling at 20 to 25 miles per hour given how slow objects nearby are passing. Presumably this was done for the actors' and stunt mans' safety.

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.


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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Action | Adventure | Thriller

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,456,194 12 June 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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