Speed (1994)

51 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When the police are staking out the 'drop', how come not one of them manages to catch Howard Payne getting Annie and escaping down the hole under the bin, with the money, despite the fact that the bin is being watched from every angle?

Correction: There are about a hundred cops on the scene, so he disguises himself as a police officer, knowing that they won't realize he is not really one, since many precints were likely involved in such a massive task of watching the trash can from "all" angles. That is why no one notices him. As for the hole, he didn't drop through it, he went to the subway to retreive the money that "fell through" the hole from underneath! That was the point of having the hole in the first place, so that the officers would think the money was in the trash can, while he was able to collect it from underneath undetected, and make his getaway.


Corrected entry: When Jack and Harry find out where Howard Payne is in the building, Jack opens the elevator door and throws himself onto the cable, and Harry then follows. However, if you look up to where they came from, the elevator door is now closed. (00:18:20)


Correction: If you look closely at a modern elevator for a while, you may notice that the doors sometimes close automatically, all by themselves. It's like magic.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack tells the Captain that the gas is leaking, he says that it will be about 10 minutes before it's empty. But at the speed that the gas indicator was going down, it would be a lot less then 10 minutes.

Correction: So he mistakenly estimated the size of the hole and the amount of gas coming out. Character mistake.

Corrected entry: In the highway scene where the older female bus passenger panics and attempts to leave the bus by getting on the flatbed truck driven by the police, right before the explosion that kills her occurs, you can see Keanu Reeves grab her arm for a split second. There is then a cut to the explosion, then another cut back to Keanu lying on the bus floor with his arm outstretched, having ostensibly been unable to grab the lady in time.

Correction: So he managed to grab her arm, but was unable to prevent her from falling, or his grip was shaken loose by the explosion. Hardly a mistake.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Howard is talking to Jack on the payphone, after blowing up the bus that Jack's friend was driving, Howard says, "I want my money by 11am." Later on when Jack is trying to defuse the bomb when the bus is in the airport, Jack's watch says 5:01pm. We know the time's right as he checked it earlier. (Frame by frame required.) (00:29:10 - 01:11:25)


Correction: I refer you to the contribution rule that states "If something requires slow motion to spot, chances are it's not a valid mistake, but there are exceptions. For example, a cameraman in shot for a few frames or something else fairly major is worth listing, but a tiny change in position or set wobble that's only noticeable by slowing the shot down won't be listed. Minor mistakes have their place on this site, but they must be noticeable in regular viewing." Please take these things into account before submitting.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the start when the explosion goes off, supposedly killing Dennis Hopper, you can see that the explosion actually forms a shape around the door frame and that the wall blows inwards. This is because of the individual charges placed around the door to make this effect work, in fact you can see the holes that they cause. In an explosion such as this, probably the first thing to happen would be for the door itself (the weakest point in the wall) to be blown off rather than the wall coming away with the door in it.

David Mercier

Correction: You have to remember that this explosion was set up by Howard Payne to make it look like he died. He may have deliberately rigged the charges around the door to make it look like a bigger explosion than it actually was.

Dr Muppet

Corrected entry: Halle Berry was the first choice for the part of Anne.

Correction: According to the IMDb, the part was written for Ellen DeGeneres (and the role was a lot more comedic). Halle Berry was just one of the people to turn it down.


Corrected entry: Howard Payne says to Jack at the beginning when they are talking on the phone, that if the bus drops below 50mph it blows up, so how come when we finally see the bus explode at the airport we see the speedometer on the bomb explode at 50 not below it. (00:28:40 - 01:26:55)


Correction: Probably because the speedometer on the bus is analogue and the speedometer underneath is digital and more accurate. As soon as the speed hit 49.999 mph it blew up.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: Right after the bus makes the jump over the gap in the freeway there is a shot of the front of the bus. If you freeze frame you can only see one person in the whole bus - the driver. Jack and all the passengers magically disappears.

Correction: We see all the passengers bracing themselves before the jump - they're bent down low enough that you wouldn't see them from outside. Jack is holding closely onto Annie, bracing her, so, from the outside, you'd only really see one shape.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: On the bus, when Jack is reasoning with the guy who has the gun, the black guy tackles, then struggles with him, and the guy with the gun shoots at Sam (the driver). In slow motion, the glass behind Sam doesn't break away and smash, it only shatters a slight bit. A few shots later, when Annie is driving the bus, the glass is now completely smashed and only a few bits remain in the frame. (00:40:05)


Correction: Yes this is true, once the glass is shot, it shatters making it is very weak. It would only take a light bump and the whole glass pane would break apart. After all the "action" going on the bus (passengers rushing to help Sam, the bus swerving all over the place) it wouldn't be surprising if the glass pane got knocked out of place.


Corrected entry: When we see Howard Payne stick the security guard with a screwdriver, the guard seems to look up before impact, like he knew it was coming. (00:04:00)


Correction: Speculation, it's not a mistake for someone to realise that they are being approached.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film when Jack is talking to Howard Payne on the phone he hangs up and runs for 2 seconds, yet in the previous shot he ran quite a distance to catch up to the bus, this means he's very fast at running or someone moved his jeep further up the street. (00:29:30)


Correction: He didn't run that far to reach the bus and he had to walk back to answer the ringing telephone.


Corrected entry: If you look at the bus jumping in slow motion, you will see that there is no-one inside the bus.

Correction: In the previous scene inside the bus, Jack tells the passengers to hold on, and if you notice they all bend forward to protect themselves, this is why you can't see anybody from the outside shot, because they are bent down.


Corrected entry: Stephen Baldwin was the first choice for the part of Jack Traven

Correction: It was William Baldwin, not Stephen.

Corrected entry: After Jack comes out of the coffee shop he takes his keys out but doesn't actually unlock his truck before the first bus explodes. Later, after the phone conversation with Payne, he runs to his truck and climbs straight in it. Its door would surely still be locked.

Correction: How do you know the truck was locked in the first place?

Brian C Friesner

Corrected entry: Right after Jack discovers the camera mounted on the bus, Payne is seen drinking and watching the news. The anchorman on the far right of the screen says, "Amazing story as a city bus, rigged to explode if it slows down, races around literally in circles at the Los Angeles Airport. The two dead are a female passenger and the driver of another bus, both blown up by the bomber. And the other people in jeopardy are of course the passengers on the bus, held hostage at the whim of a madman." The female passenger was of course the woman who tried to get off the bus after Sam was let off, but the "driver of another bus" was obviously Sam. Number one, the only bus we know that Sam drove was number 2525, the same bus. Number two, he may have died of his wound, but we never find that out specifically. Number three, he wasn't blown up by Payne - another passenger on the bus accidentally shot him earlier in the film. (01:24:30)

Chris Moyer Grice Premium member

Correction: No, they're not talking about Sam. The "driver of the other bus" referred to on the news report is the one who greets Jack at the coffee shop, whose bus is subsequently blown up by Payne, exactly as stated on the news report.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Dennis Hopper is using a "Dead man's handle" type device, if he dies or is incapacitated, or the control just plain falls out of his hand then the bomb will detonate. Ironically a common use for these devices is in the safe control of trains, if the driver doesn't keep hold of a certain handle or regularly press a button the brakes kick in automatically. Most trains built in recent years in the Western world have them (eg. Channel Tunnel trains), yet curiously the brand new train in LA carrying Sandra, Keanu and Dennis doesn't have one, the driver is dead but the train carries on.

Correction: You also have to keep in mind that the control panel of the train was shot up, making the "self-driving-train" idea more plausible.

Corrected entry: Why is there no evidence of Dennis Hopper blowing himself up in the beginning? You should see blood and body parts if he did blow himself up - wouldn't they reconize there were no blood and body parts on the scene?


Correction: Payne says something like he has: "enough dynamite strapped to him to blow a building in half." Since the guy is a former police officer, I think he knows the power of the dynamite strapped to him. Maybe there was enough dynamite there to vapourise him, or maybe he could have placed guts or something in the area to be blown apart, faking his death, and therefore they thought he died.

Corrected entry: When the bus jumps the bridge, if you look closely inside, you can see there's no passengers on the bus.

Correction: All of them kept down to avoid being hurt, just like Jack had told them to before.

Corrected entry: When Annie is tying the rope to the steering wheel, you can see a silver ring on her hand. The ring is never seen in any other scene.

Correction: The silver ring is visible in plenty of scenes before and after the one where she ties the rope. It's very obvious.

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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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