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SPEED: A mad bomber (Dennis Hopper) is out for revenge against LAPD rookie cop Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), who, with the help of his partner, Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels), foils the criminals' plot to extort money from the city by holding hostage an elevator full of people. He plants a bomb on a bus, set to arm itself when the vehicle hits 50 mph, and detonate if it drops below that speed. The hero, with the help of a beautiful passenger named Annie (Sandra Bullock), must defuse the explosive device before the bus runs out of gas. This fast-paced thriller received two Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing, as well as a nomination for Best Film Editing.
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Effects Editing Winner
Main Cast & Crew
Jan De Bont - Director
- Format: DVD (20th Anniversary Edition)
- Run Time: 115
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543133629
- Genre: Action
- Rating: R (MPAA) (for violence and language)
- Release Date: November 1998
Jack Traven is a risk-taking SWAT Team officer, pitted against a mad-bomber, Howard Payne. Howard has a pattern of coming up with ingenious, deadly schemes: for example, he rigs an L.A. bus so that, after it reaches a speed of 50 mph, it will explode if it slows to below that rate.
Directorial debut for cinematographer Jan De Bont. Released theatrically in the USA June 10, 1994. Shot in Panavision Widescreen. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1994 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
"...[De Bont] delivers a wild ride that's worth the fare..." - Recommended - 11/01/1994 Premiere, p.119
"...A crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster..." - 06/30/1994 Rolling Stone, p.79-80
"...Delivers wall-to-wall action....[Reeves has] become an actor of real charisma....Hopper finds new ways to convey crazy menace..." - 06/10/1994 New York Times, p.C12
"...[A] dazzling action thriller....Even Hitchcock, I think, would have approved..." -- Rating: A - 06/17/1994 Entertainment Weekly, pp.32-4
"...It's one of those won't quit action pics that make Hollywood the frequent envy of world cinema..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 06/10/1994 USA Today, p.1D
"...Invigorating....De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming..." - 06/10/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...It's a smart, inventive thriller....A great entertainment..." - 06/10/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.41
"SPEED has become a classic action thriller, and rightly so. It was made in the predigital days when special effects looked real because most of them were real..." - 06/12/2009 Wall Street Journal