Speed (1994)

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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.


A Demon 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.


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.


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.


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.



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: There is no way on earth that a police officer would shoot a hostage in the thigh to 'take them out of the equation'. Anyone who suggested such a thing would likely be taken out and shot themselves. Bullet wounds to the thigh are often fatal, as an injury to the femoral artery causes massive and frequently unstoppable blood loss. Breaking the femur often leads to fat embolisms as bone marrow gets into the bloodstream and then to the lungs. In fact a broken femur is a life threatening injury in itself, and a shattered femur - a typical bullet injury - would almost always result in a total amputation. You cannot aim carefully enough to avoid the bone or artery as their position in the body varies, (as will the bullet trajectory upon impact). This is not a character mistake - Jack is an experienced cop and would know the potentially disastrous consequences of shooting someone in the thigh. He'd shoot him in the foot.

Correction: It's made abundantly clear that shooting hostages is NOT something that they're trained to do - Jack merely suggests it during one of their 'pop quiz' exchanges; Harry's incredulous reaction should be more than enough to indicate that this is not standard operating procedure.

Tailkinker Premium member

New this month Correction: Jack is a cop and as such he would have extensive training in first aid, including treating bullet wounds. He would know perfectly well that shooting someone in the thigh was almost certain to cause a life threatening injury. He would shoot him in the foot.

Jack and Harry aren't just "cops," they're elite members of S.W.A.T., meaning they employ "special weapons and tactics." The hostage shooting is extreme, in any case; but the film wanted to quickly portray Jack as unorthodox and a bit of a loose cannon.

Charles Austin Miller

And as an "an elite member of S.W.A.T." Jack would be even more aware of the fact that a bullet wound to the thigh would probably kill or permanently disable his partner. I am not questioning the plot line of showing Jack to be a renegade by having him shoot a hostage, I am simply stating the obvious. He absolutely would not shoot him in the thigh.

And, yet, obviously, he did.

Charles Austin Miller

No, he didn't. An actor fired a blank round at another actor and a special effects technician detonated a blood squib that had been installed under the second actor's costume, thus creating a fictional representation of logically absurd situation. It's a plot hole.

Then the entire movie is a plot hole. Speaking factually, you could just as easily say that a random passenger could never drive a commercial bus at highway speeds and make 175-foot ramp jumps with it. And, yet, there it is, and that's the story the producers wanted to tell. Call it a factual error, certainly, but the films are doing precisely what the screenwriters and director intended.

Charles Austin Miller

Except for blatant continuity errors, your comment negates every posting on this site. It's a mistake, plain and simple, lazy screenwriting, sloppy plotting, factually inaccurate. The original posting is valid, this is not a chatroom and I have nothing else to say on the matter.

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.

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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.



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.



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.



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.


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.

Corrected entry: When the "tourist" in the blue jacket is being transferred from the bus to the rescue vehicle, he falls down and has to be pulled up. You will notice that his jacket is torn on the back, but when he is seen on the rescue bus later on, the tear is gone.

Correction: If you're talking about the tear on the jacket at the shoulderblade, you can see it's still there. when he goes to hug Ortiz, you can see a bit of white on the left side under Ortiz's arm.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the bus crashes into the plane, you can see that the plane is a cargo plane. However, as the plane blows up, you can see that a big piece of fuselage (plane structure) that has window holes. Cargo planes have no windows or at least not that many.

Correction: There are many different makes and models of cargo aircraft. Many of them are converted passenger aircraft which still contain the original windows. These windows, however, are usually covered over. Upon close inspection of many cargo aircraft, the outlines of the windows are still visible through the paint.

Corrected entry: How did Dennis Hopper get fooled by the "loop" video, when that was just one of the screens he was monitoring at home? He was also watching multiple other screens, that included other cameras and live news feeds. There is no way he could have missed what was actually happening.

Correction: All the news feeds have been shut off. The bus is now in the airport - restricted airspace, so the news helicopters can't get too close, and we see the police telling the ground-based camera crews to stop filming - an instruction that undoubtedly also went to any news helicopters filming from a distance. As such, at that time, the images from his camera on the bus are his only method of monitoring what's going on.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When the sharp curve is coming, Keanu Reeves tells everyone to get onto the side of the bus that the bus will be turning *into*. This would only cause more weight on that side and thus cause the bus to flip.


Correction: No it wouldn't. The weight was on the correct side.

Craig Bryant

Corrected entry: At the part where the lady tries to escape from the bus and the bomber triggers a smaller bomb to go off, the bomber relied solely on the live TV telecast. In real live TV, it takes time for the transmission to go from the camera, to the station, and to your TV (usually about 3-4 seconds). In the movie, the bomber gets his timing perfectly correct, but in real life the lady might've already had most of her body on the other truck and only would suffer injuries rather than death.

Correction: First, the transmission doesn't have to take that long to reach your tv. It can get there faster. Also, the movie implies that the bomber relies on the TV telecast. At this point we do not know about his tv camera in the bus. When they show his looking at the tv's he could have been looking at his tv.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, after Keanu finds out about the bomb on the bus and that once the bus reaches 50 mph, dropping below that speed would detonate the device. We see him make a mad dash to reach the bus before it attained the initial 50 mph speed. He reaches the bus and runs along side it banging his fist on the door. The driver apparently thinks he is a lunatic and continues on. We then see Keanu draw his firearm and commandeer a civilian's vehicle at gunpoint to begin pursuit of the bus. This leads us to believe that a trained police officer with a firearm in his possession, and running alongside a bus trying to keep it from reaching a speed of 50 mph, would not simply shoot the tires out. I would, and I'm not even a trained police officer.

Correction: As a trained Police officer he would know that to shoot out the tyres would cause the bus to crash thus endangering the lives of all the people on the bus and a whole lot of other people on the freeway around it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the villain has Sandra Bullock hostage aboard the train you can see that his hands have purple dye on them before he has actually even opened the bag of ransom money containing the purple paint bomb. His hands should be clean at this point as the paint bomb has not yet exploded.

Correction: It isn't purple dye from the paint bomb - it's the scarring from when he lost his thumb. The scarring (and it's purple color) are apparent from the beginning of the film.

Corrected entry: When Jack comes up with the idea to hold the elevator with the cable and says that he has an idea, Harry says "You're not going to shoot them are you?" The next scene has them on the roof and Jack answering "No, we're just going to take them out of the equation." Sure, that seemed good while watching the movie since the answer came just seconds after the question. But in reality, they had to climb out of hte elevator shaft, and run up 20+ flights of stairs. This would have taken at least 4-5 minutes. So why is Jack just answering this question NOW, and why does he answer it as if it was just asked?

Correction: Jack's idea is dependant on there being a crane in the right position on the roof to run the cable down to support the lift. He only replies when he gets to the roof and sees that there is one. During the run up the stairs, there wouldn't be time, or breath, for conversation, so Harry's question has just been left hanging.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Exactly one scene before Jack yells 'everybody hold on' prior to jumping the 50ft gap. They show the gap for the first time and it has a barricade with a sign on it that says 'end' directly in front of the gap. But when the bus actually jumps the gap, that barricade isn't there.

Correction: It is there - the perspective's just a bit weird. The barricade isn't right at the end, it's a warning not far before the gap. We see the bus drive past it just before hitting the edge.

Corrected entry: During the police officer's awards ceremony it is mentioned that the only life taken by the terrorist bomber was his own. What about the security guard that he visciously stabbed in the head?

Correction: He actually says "the only life taken by the terrorist BOMB was his own".

Corrected entry: When Sam gets shot Jack takes off his blue button down shirt to help stop the bleeding. Later he has the shirt back on without a drop of blood on it.

Correction: When Jack first gets on the bus he is wearing a t-shirt, a blue button down shirt and multi-colored flannel looking shirt. When Sam gets shot Jack takes off the flannel shirt and the blue ones slides off his shoulder but it never actually comes off. It is the flannel one that he gives to Sam.

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