Speed (1994)

51 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: Soon after Jack gets on the bus, Howard can see the bus on the news. Why is the news at this stage covering this? The only thing that has been suspicious is someone from a car coming from a car onto a bus, but what has happened before this that makes this newsworthy? Looks like regular traffic is flowing up to this point. (00:44:00)


Correction: It is extremely common for news helicopters to cover rush hour traffic in major cities. If a news crew happened to be monitoring the freeway and noticed a pedestrian running to catch up to a bus, stop a convertible dead in its tracks, get in the convertible, catch up to the bus, the man jumps from the speeding car onto the bus at 50 plus miles per hour, and the car then crashes; it seems fairly normal for the bus to be on the news by this point. It certainly isn't a plot hole.


But for that scenario to work, not a single element can be missed. If the film crew missed any of it why would they film the bus?

Ssiscool Premium member

I don't think if a single element was missed it wouldn't be newsworthy. If, for example they missed everything but a man jumping from a moving car onto a bus I still think that makes the bus newsworthy. That's really the only element that can't be missed by the news for this explanation to work. Payne himself comments on Jack's bravery in getting on the bus so that means he saw it. The only thing that could make the news following the bus a plot hole would be if Jack managed to get on without any fanfare at all, which of course didn't happen. It can't be a plot hole because it's not impossible for the news to have followed the entire incident of Jack getting on the bus. The fact that they may have been able to miss something doesn't make it impossible that they didn't.


Corrected entry: "Supercop" Jack somehow never thought to have his boss cut power to the third rail (after slowing the train down rather than speeding it up), which would have stopped the train that was speeding near the end of the film.

Ray Gordon 9827

Correction: Jack has no means to contact Mac. The radio in the train is damaged after Payne shoots the conductor and Jack didn't bring a radio or phone with him.


Corrected entry: As the end of the conversation about Jack getting off the bus nears, there's a picture on the TV behind Payne showing the bus going down the freeway, but the bus is on the airport tarmac at that time.

Movie Nut

Correction: The local news coverage is, typically, replaying earlier highway footage throughout the incident. But the bomber, Howard Payne, was watching the bus the entire time with a hidden camera that had nothing to do with local news coverage. The police tell a television news crew to record the private transmission and rebroadcast it in a continuous loop, to fool Howard while the bus passengers were offloaded at the airport. So, Howard is watching his private feed, not the local news coverage. Howard still thinks the bus is on the tarmac and under his control. Too late, he realises that he was completely fooled by the video replays.

Charles Austin Miller

Corrected entry: Jack has been using the phone he took from "Tune-Man" ever since getting in his car. Payne has been calling Jack on that same phone while he was on the bus, but Jack never gave him the number. How has Payne been calling him?

Correction: When the police on the truck/trailer are riding beside the bus, the terrorist calls the police's number. The officer in the passenger seat of the truck's cab radios back to McMahon saying "it's him". McMahon relays that to Jack, and Jack responds by telling them to give the terrorist Jack's (or "Tune Man's") number.

Corrected entry: Just before the first bus blows up, a cameraman can be seen in Jack's jeep. (00:26:40)

Ssiscool Premium member

Correction: I have watched this entire scene frame by frame...and I can't see any cameraman in his jeep.

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: During the scene in the elevator the captain says that there are 13 hostages, but there are only 9 people in the elevator.


Correction: There are multiple shots throughout the sequence showing the interior of the elevator where more than nine passengers are visible. The highest number of passengers visible in a single shot is twelve, but, as no shot shows the entire interior, it's fair to assume that thirteen is, indeed, the correct number.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Payne tells Jack he wants the money left in a green bin on the northeast corner of some intersection. Then later we see Payne looking out a window at the drop bin. If that's the northeast corner, then the shadow of the bin indicates the sun is shining from due north, and quite low to the horizon. That would never happen - certainly not in Los Angeles.


Correction: The garbage can is in place at the northeast corner of Pershing Square, not an intersection (Payne worded it as so). When Traven runs towards the trash can, the Biltmore hotel is ahead of him due west. The sunlight is coming from the east, so Payne's directions were accurate.

Corrected entry: How did Payne not find out about the passengers getting off safely sooner than noticing the loop in the video feed? While choppers weren't allowed in the air space of LAX, there was reporters and media following the event on almost every channel. Payne was watching numerous TVs but not one channel mentions the massive explosion at the airport when the bus hits the plane, which would have been visible from the perimeter.

Lummie Premium member

Correction: Mac instructed the major networks to cease broadcasting at the same time as they created the loop feed, so in effect the networks would have only been broadcasting previously-run footage and re-iterating what they knew, with the ground crew unable to report further under orders from the LAPD.

Corrected entry: In the subway car scene, the voice calling for "Westbound 501" is distorted, as you would expect from a CB radio. Later on when Mac calls on the same radio, his voice is much clearer, as if he's right there.

Correction: It is quite possible to have a clear communication between CB radios otherwise whats the point of using them? Distortion exists when there is something altering the connection between the two radios. Communication between him and Mac was obviously clear because there was nothing altering their transmission.


Corrected entry: A while after Jack has boarded the bus, Payne is watching news reports that mention a police officer has boarded the bus and Payne says, "Would that be you Jack?". As is later revealed, Payne has a camera on the bus and should have known this already.

Correction: He does know. He's just making a small joke with himself, not actually questioning who it may be.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene after they get to the airport where the news helicopters can't follow, Keanu Reeves talks Dennis Hopper into letting him get off the bus to talk to the money people. They cut to Dennis Hopper with several TVs in the scene. The bottom right TV still has arial coverage of the bus.


Correction: Of course. The stations aren't suddenly going to stop talking about this just because they can't get any more new footage. This station is replaying some previously recorded footage while continuing to discuss the incident. They do this with every ongoing crisis/natural disaster.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In this movie the only reason why Howard Payne is trying to blow the elevator and the buses is because he wants money. He also gets very upset when the paint explodes in the bag. If you look on the back of bus 2525 there's a green sign that says "Money isn't everything (Yeah Right)".


Correction: In what way is this valid trivia? Seriously? How are these two things connected other than the tenuous link you've ascribed?

Corrected entry: After their adventures aboard the bus, why does the ambulance take Jack and Annie to the drop site instead of the hospital? Annie was injured, and Jack would have no business at the drop site, other than risk the possibility of the two of them being spotted by the bomber.

Correction: Because he is a cop and requested it. Her injuries were not that serious and maybe Jack thought he could help since he had already gotten in the bomber's head.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jack ask the driver to write "Bomb On Bus" you can see it was written so neatly. But it's impossible to write that neatly when the car is swerving on the freeway.

Correction: It was not written that neatly, and the vehicle was not swerving through the whole scene. During the time that the letter is being written the vehicle drives straight for several seconds as it is keeping pace with the bus. The one big swerve the car makes is when he drops the note (after it is written) and it lands on the windshield of the bus.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: At the airport, as the last bus passenger is crossing to the rescue vehicle, the right rear tire of the city bus blows out. The bus immediately veers to the left, and Annie pulls the wheel to the right to try to keep a straight course. However, a vehicle will always veer to the side with the blown out tire, which in this case, should have been to the right. (01:24:50)

Correction: Actually, with the weight of the bus being distributed over so many other wheels, this blow out most likely would have had little to no effect. I had a blow out in my car's right rear tire and my car didn't even flinch because the majority of the weight was in the front where the engine is and rode smooth on the remaining three wheels until I was able to pull over.


Corrected entry: The scene is outside the bomber's home. Harry and the other police are running toward it. In the background, a plane is seen taking off. This is at the same time the bus is on the runway and the runway is supposed to be cleared.


Correction: The runway was shut down, but not the airport. LAX has four runways, planes were simply redirected to one of the other three.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Our heroes steer the bus toward a gap in an elevated exit ramp even though we can see in a wide shot that they have at least two alternative routes, one of which is completely unobstructed. It appears that the only possible reason for taking the route that they chose could be to film a jump scene. (01:02:35)

Correction: The other routes would not continue on the freeway. They may lead to other unfinished roadways and the jump was the best option for them.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: During the final scene when the train car crashes onto the road, the way the glass shatters into very very small fragments indicates that it is not real glass, and likely sugar glass.

Correction: Or it is tempered glass for vehicle use, which is designed to granualate to prevent slicing / chopping injuries in the case of breakage - just like the glass in car windows.


Corrected entry: At the end of the film, a tape loop is made of the camera inside the bus to trick the villain to think that everybody's still on board. With the video equipment shown, it is simply not possible to do a seamless loop in a flick of a second.

Correction: It is possible to do a tape looping because TV crews have that equipment in their trucks, and it wasn't in a "flick of a second"; Mac tells Jack "I only have a minute of tape", but it could've been a bit longer than a minute.


Corrected entry: A bus would never, ever be able to maintain a speed of 50 mph on the secondary streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the day, for any significant length of time, without smashing into hundreds of other cars (in which case, it would probably drop below 50 and explode anyway.)


Correction: It does smash into several cars at the beginning, but eventually gets a police escort allowing the bus to move more freely without endangering pedestrians and causing more damage to cars etc.

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Revealing mistake: If you look at the missing part of the bridge, and look at the shadow underneath, the shadow is of a full bridge. (01:02:35)

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Suggested correction: This might be correct, but it depends on the sun's position. If the sun is to the far left of the shot, the gap in the shadow would appear somewhere far to the right of where the actual gap is.

Nice try. Look at the shadows of the bridge trestles and those on the small brown building to the right of the photo. The sun is to the left of the bridge, and the shadow is exactly what you would expect to see if the bridge was complete - which it was, by the way. The "gap" is CGI.

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Jack: You're crazy! You're fuckin' crazy!
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Trivia: The famous "Dukes of Hazzard" sequence was the filmmakers' wry commentary on the uncompleted state of Interstate 105, which had become a running joke among LA motorists. It was finally (and quite uncoincidentally) completed in late 1993 shortly before the film's release, years behind schedule.

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