Speed

Continuity mistake: When the crane is torn out of the floor and flies towards the ventilation window, from a shot behind, the holes on the base (where the screws used to be) are gone.

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Revealing mistake: The whole structure surrounding the elevator appears shiny and spotless, with the wires lacking a single spot of grease, revealing it's a set. (00:04:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Pacific Courier Freight plane gets blown up, you can see that it is being towed alongside another plane, and some people standing/walking around next to it. In the next shot, where we see the camera moving closer and closer to the plane from the bus's perspective, the runway the plane was just being towed on is gone, as is the plane it was going past a moment ago along with the people. There was no time between shots for the plane to have been moved so far away. (01:30:35)

Continuity mistake: In a camera shot from behind the bus, it shows Traven moving the Jaguar in front of the bus. In the next camera shot from the front, it shows Traven moving the Jaguar again in front of the bus. He'd already completed the move in the previous shot.

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Revealing mistake: When Traven is walking back to his car before the first bus explodes, as the bus drives past him, you can see from the shadow it casts that the bus isn't driving straight on. It turns the corner behind his car. Obviously a prop bus is further down the street and that is the one that blows up in its place.

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Visible crew/equipment: In several shots of Tuneman in the Jaguar, you can see camera lights reflected in his sunglasses.

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Audio problem: When the first bus blows up (the one that Bob was driving) you can hear the explosion before the bus actually blows up.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie we see Keanu Reeves taking Jeff Daniels "out of the equation" by shooting him in the leg. We realise it's a serious injury as he requires the use of a cane when receiving his medal. However later on in the movie when they move in on Dennis Hopper's home, which takes place the next day, Daniels is part of the assault team and has no cane, no limp and is obviously very mobile.

Continuity mistake: When Jack drives on the shoulder, honking his horn to let people know that he's coming, he's pressing on a silver ring, which is the horn, but in the next shot, it's gone. While the ring only covers half the wheel, as he's going almost entirely straight it should always be in the same position. (00:31:35)

Plot hole: After the bus passengers are rescued and removed from danger, why would the police take Annie back into danger by taking her from the airport to downtown LA to watch the attempted arrest of the bomber at Pershing Square? Why bring a civilian along?

Plot hole: Payne's finger prints would've been all over the elevator, on his shotgun, and near the area where he killed the security guard as he was never shown wearing gloves. Since he was a former police officer, I would assume his prints would've been on file with the FBI and in a multitude of databases. You would think they would've been able to identify him much earlier in the movie than they did by running the prints through all databases of finger prints.

Factual error: The bomber wants his money by 11 am. The sun should be almost directly overhead. Why then are there late afternoon-early evening shadows at the end of the film?

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Visible crew/equipment: As the bus goes down the freeway, there's a shot of the police chopper following the chase. The movie camera chopper is seen above and to the right of the police chopper that is referred to as a news chopper, but isn't seen again.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Tuneman's Jaguar hits the water barrels, a film crew's truck can be seen out the bus's rear window just before the shot cuts away. (00:40:05)

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Continuity mistake: After the first bus explodes, Jack ducks for cover near his Bronco. Soon he looks over at the burning wreck and stands up - but notice that he's still crouched down in very next shot. (00:27:50)

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Revealing mistake: When Ortiz first sees Jack stranded beneath the moving bus, he lifts his head to tell Annie. But the pavement, as seen through the bus floor's opening, is completely motionless. (01:17:25)

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Continuity mistake: Upon exiting the highway into downtown traffic and blasting through a red light, the bus has a couple of road signs lodged into its bumper which disappear between shots - right before it gets blindsided by a Ford Taurus. (00:47:15)

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Revealing mistake: There is a clear shot of Keanu Reeves' stunt double in the Bronco just before it parks on the highway's shoulder near the gridlocked traffic. (00:34:20)

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Continuity mistake: The paint that sprays on Payne's face changes splatter pattern throughout the rest of the scenes with Payne. (01:35:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Payne shoots the train driver in the back, blood appears on his shirt. A few seconds later when he is falling down, his shirt is clean. (01:37:10)

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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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