Speed is a 1994 American action thriller film directed by Jan de Bont, in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. It is about a speeding bus that is rigged by a mad bomber to explode if it ever drops below 50 mph.
- Starring : Keanu Reeves / Dennis Hopper
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Thriller
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Jan de Bont
- Production : The Mark Gordon Company / Twentieth Century Fox
- Distributor : Twentieth Century Fox / 20th Century Fox Argentina / 20th Century Fox / Columbia TriStar Films AB / Finnkino / Fox Film / Fox Video / Gativideo / Warner Home Video / Spentzos Films / Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI) / Fox Network / Home Video Hellas (HVH) / Oy Europa Vision AB / SF Video / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Egmont Entertainment / Svensk Filmindustri (SF) / FS Film / SubTV / Continental Fun / 20th Television / Abril Vídeo / Mainostelevisio (MTV3) / Manuel Salvador / RTL Entertainment / Rete 4 / TV3 / Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Speed release date
- June 10, 1994 : Canada
- June 10, 1994 : USA
- June 30, 1994 : Australia
- July 22, 1994 : Sweden
- August 5, 1994 : Spain
- August 6, 1994 : Switzerland (Locarno Film Festival)
- August 24, 1994 : France
- August 31, 1994 : Philippines
- September 30, 1994 : UK
- September 30, 1994 : Ireland
- October 20, 1994 : Germany
- December 3, 1994 : Japan
- February 9, 2010 : Canada (Digital Film Festival)
- August 1, 2015 : USA (Traverse City Film Festival)
- Keanu Reeves as Jack Traven
- Dennis Hopper as Howard Payne
- Sandra Bullock as Annie
- Joe Morton as Capt. McMahon
- Jeff Daniels as Harry
- Alan Ruck as Stephens
- Glenn Plummer as Jaguar Owner
- Richard Lineback as Norwood
- Beth Grant as Helen
- Hawthorne James as Sam
- Carlos Carrasco as Ortiz
- David Kriegel as Terry
- Natsuko Ohama as Mrs. Kamino
- Daniel Villarreal as Ray
- Simone Gad as Bus Passenger #1
Released on June 10, 1994, it became critically and commercially successful, grossing $350.4 million on a $30 million budget and winning two Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, at the 67th Academy Awards in 1995.
A critically panned sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, was released on June 13, 1997.
LAPD SWAT officers Jack Traven and Harry Temple thwart an attempt to hold an elevator full of people for a $3 million ransom by an extortionist bomber, who is later identified as Howard Payne. As they corner Payne, he holds Harry hostage. Jack intentionally shoots Harry in the leg, forcing the bomber to release Harry. Payne flees, seemingly dying in the explosion of his own device. Jack and Harry are praised by Lieutenant “Mac” McMahon and awarded medals for their heroism while Harry is promoted to Detective.
Sometime later, Jack witnesses a mass transit bus explode, killing its driver. Payne, still alive, contacts Jack on a payphone, explaining that a similar bomb is rigged on another bus. The bomb will arm once the bus reaches 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) and detonate when it drops below fifty. The bomber demands a larger ransom of $3.7 million and threatens to detonate the bus if the passengers are offloaded. Jack races through freeway traffic and boards the bus, which is already over fifty mph. He explains the situation to Sam, the driver. A small-time criminal on the bus, fearing that Jack is about to arrest him, fires his gun, accidentally wounding Sam. Another passenger, Annie Porter, takes the wheel. Jack examines the bomb under the bus and phones Harry, who uses clues to identify the bomber.
After a harrowing adventure through city traffic, the police clear a route for the bus to the unopened freeway. Mac demands that they offload the passengers onto a flatbed trailer, but Jack warns about Payne’s instructions. Payne allows the officers to offload the injured Sam for medical attention, but then detonates a smaller bomb, which kills Helen, another passenger who attempts to escape.
When Jack learns that part of the elevated freeway ahead is incomplete, he persuades Annie to accelerate the bus to jump over it, which narrowly succeeds. He directs her to the nearby airport to drive on the unobstructed runways. Meanwhile, Harry identifies Payne’s name, his former role as a retired Atlanta police bomb squad officer, and his local Los Angeles address. Harry leads a SWAT team to Payne’s home, in which Payne has planted explosives which detonates, killing Harry and most of his team.
Jack rides under the bus on a towed sledge, but he cannot defuse the bomb, and accidentally punctures the fuel tanks when the sledge breaks from its tow line. Once pulled back aboard by the passengers, Jack learns that Harry has died, and that Payne has been watching the passengers on the bus with a hidden surveillance camera. Mac has a local news crew record the transmission and rebroadcast it in a loop to fool Payne, while the passengers are offloaded onto an airport bus. Jack and Annie escape the bus from a floor access panel. The unmanned bus explodes as it collides with an empty Boeing 707 cargo plane. [ref]
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