Release Date: June 10th, 1994

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 1998

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Los Angeles police officer Jack (Keanu Reeves) angers retired bomb squad member Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) by foiling his attempt at taking hostages. In revenge, Payne arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of spunky passenger Annie (Sandra Bullock), Jack and his partner Harry (Jeff Daniels) try to save the people on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne is monitoring them.

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels, Alan Ruck, Glenn Plummer, Richard Lineback

Director: Jan de Bont

Genres: Action

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Distributors: Fox, 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Love interest, Police officer, Los Angeles, Pursuit, Rescue, Quest, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    If you're looking for action movie heaven, try Speed, a crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Acclaimed cinematographer Jan De Bont's directing debut is a mindless, implausible, and thoroughly gripping adventure movie. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)