Speed

Continuity mistake: When Payne is in a hideout watching the news unfold on numerous TV sets, he hears one reporter mention that a Los Angeles police officer (Jack) boarded the bus from a moving car. Right here we can see a reflection of Payne in the TV screen, which shows him placing his right hand over his mouth. In the following shot of Payne's face, where he says "Oh would that be you Jack?", his hand isn't anywhere near his mouth. (00:44:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Tuneman realizes that he's about to crash into some barrels of water near the exit, he ducks for cover but, in the next shot, we see him sitting upright again. (00:40:00)

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Continuity mistake: After telling Tuneman that he needs to board the moving bus, Jack pushes the Jaguar several car lengths forward so that he'll have ample distance to smash the door off. Meanwhile, we can see dotted white lines on the pavement between the Jaguar and the bus. But look over Jack's shoulder as he says "Are you insured?" and notice how two pairs of solid yellow lines have momentarily taken place of the white ones. (00:39:05)

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Other mistake: Tuneman's Jaguar has 127 miles accumulated on the odometer (brand new, effectively). It comes into view once when Jack notices that the bus is quickly decelerating to a very dangerous speed. However when we see Jack grab a mobile phone, there is excessive wear and tear on the center console beneath it, to the point where complete deterioration has occurred in the high stress areas - characteristic of a much older vehicle. Hard to believe such a thing would happen to a vehicle of that caliber in such a short length of time. So it's possible that the odometer we see moments before isn't even from Tuneman's Jaguar at all. (00:38:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Annie tries flagging down the bus, it changes position on the road. You can see how its right set of wheels instantly shifts from one side of the solid white line to the next between frames - at the point where it begins to decelerate. (00:31:05)

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Continuity mistake: In the shot where Payne gives Jack permission to unload Sam from the bus, listen closely to the male news anchor on the immediate right. He reassures his viewing audience that the bus hasn't exploded, although a woman was caught in the blast and fell. This report airs roughly two minutes before the incident even takes place. (00:57:05 - 00:59:15)

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Revealing mistake: When Jack is on the phone with Payne at LAX, a Suburban carrying Lieutenant McMahon and Norwood skids onscreen from between some orange cones. But tire tracks from earlier takes can be seen on the pavement. (01:10:00)

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Revealing mistake: When Payne opens the money bag to see a dye bomb explode, he is wearing a transparent protective face shield (partially visible). (01:42:35)

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Continuity mistake: After Payne loses his head, Jack says "Yeah? Well I'm taller." Between shots, Jack's right arm instantly goes from resting at his side to a lifted position. (01:44:35)

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Continuity mistake: An obvious stunt double is briefly visible pushing a baby carriage full of cans into the crosswalk as Annie unknowingly rams the bus into it. Initially we see an older woman pushing the carriage along after chatting with her friend. In a view from within the moving bus's front window, however, a much younger woman has briefly taken her place for a couple of shots. (00:50:05)

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Visible crew/equipment: A film truck is reflected in the bus's bumper when Jack exits and steps onto the Suburban. (01:11:15)

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Continuity mistake: The Suburban that swerves onto the LAX runway to retrieve Jack has no scaffold equipped on its driver's side, but we know for a fact that moments later Jack actually exits the bus and steps safely onto one. Somehow the Suburban has managed to gain a scaffold at cruising speed, but this couldn't have possibly happened unless a different, identical-looking vehicle with a scaffold pulled up at some point during the scene to take its place. (01:10:05 - 01:11:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Jack starts tying a rope to the access panel, he faces the back of the bus initially but manages to turn completely right between shots, facing the side windows all of a sudden. (01:29:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Jack flashes his badge at Tuneman, a camera's shadow is visible on the pavement. (00:35:00)

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Visible crew/equipment: Right after the bus passes 50 mph and arms the bomb, filming equipment can be seen in the Jaguar's vent window reflection. (00:36:45)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the credits are rolling, a crew member in a gray shirt on the lower left portion of the screen can be seen waving extras into the street. (01:51:05)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the bus is traveling on the shoulder, a camera truck is visible to the extreme left immediately before Annie asks whether or not she should stay on the highway. (00:46:35)

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Continuity mistake: When the crane breaks free from its bolts and starts flying towards some ventilation windows, it obliterates the upper pair. However in the next view from within an air duct, both of these windows just swing open freely as the crane busts through, and yet they barely appear to have suffered a scratch or bend in the process. (00:15:00)

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Revealing mistake: At the off-ramp's red light Jack stomps on Annie's foot to keep the bus going, but she screams in pain before her foot actually gets crushed. (00:47:15)

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Visible crew/equipment: Just after the bus has got on to the empty freeway, there is a long shot of the bus driving off. In this shot, the camera's shadow can be seen to the extreme right of the shot. The shadow is faint, but it is there. (00:51:30)

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Jack: You're crazy! You're fuckin' crazy!
Howard Payne: NO! Poor people are crazy, Jack. I'm eccentric.

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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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