Speed

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.

Trivia: 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)".

ShooterMcGavin34

Trivia: When the bus crashes into the plane at the end, the company logo on the plane is "Pacific Courier." This fictional company name also appears in "Die Hard"--it's on the truck the terrorists show up in (except Karl and Theo, who arrive by car). Jan de Bont, who directed "Speed," was DP on "Die Hard."

rbryant73

Trivia: The bus number is 2525. 25+25=50. The bus has to stay above 50mph.

Trivia: Dennis Hopper's line about Pershing Square being the "pickup spot" (for his ransom money) was a double entendre. For decades, Pershing Square has been a notorious locale for soliciting gay sex.

Trivia: When we first see the bus in the airport you see a plane go over the bus. That scene took 50 takes.

ShooterMcGavin34

Trivia: Although Keanu Reeves states in the film that the freeway gap is 50 feet, the missing section shown in the digitally-retouched freeway shot is actually 177 feet, when measured against other known structures. Jan de Bont's digital effects team realised that a properly-measured 50-foot gap would appear far too small for the desired shot, so they made the gap more than three times larger.

Trivia: In the first scripts, the idea was to make the bus go in circles in the LA Dodger's stadium parking, but the studio couldn't get the rights to film there.

Malaver

Trivia: When they show the gap the bus has to jump for the first you see birds fly through the gap. The birds were digitally edited in and the gap was digitally added on to a real bridge.

ShooterMcGavin34

Trivia: Joss Whedon rewrote most of the dialogue, uncredited. He changed Alan Ruck to be more sympathetic. He wasn't a fan of "pop quiz, hotshot", which Keanu Reeves came up with, feeling it didn't fit with the character, but was overruled.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Trivia: In the original script. Jack's partner Harry would turn out to be the mastermind behind the bus bomb (with Dennis Hopper simply being his accomplice). When Ed Harris, who was originally cast as Harry, left and Jeff Daniels got the role, producers felt that Daniels was too nice and likeable to be truly convincing as a villain and changed it to just make Hopper the sole baddie.

Gavin Jackson

Trivia: At the beginning of the movie, Keanu Reeves breaks some glass on the door of the bus. This was not scripted; it was purely an accident and kept in the final print.

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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.

Original guy was right to pick up the full shadow and the gap is CGI, both suggested corrections erred in saying the sun was in the left or even far left as the reference point for the position of the sun is the bridge in the far background that seems to be over a canal where the shadow indicates that the sun is almost directly overhead.

Again, nice try. All three trestles holding up the unfinished section of the bridge are casting long shadows to their right, as is the small black vehicle visible on top of the bridge itself. The shadow of the section of the bridge that was removed by CGI (that is, the shadow that should not exist) is displaced some distance to the right of the bridge itself. The sun cannot possibly be 'almost directly overhead'.

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Howard Payne: See, I'm in charge here! I drop this stick, and they pick your friend here up with a sponge! Are you ready to die, friend?
Harry: Fuck you!
Howard Payne: Oh! In two hundred years we've gone from "I regret but I have one life to give for my country" to "Fuck you!"?

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Question: Why did Jack think the only option available with the gap in the freeway was to jump it? Wouldn't it have made more sense for him to at least try to ring Payne and explain what was happening? A simple "We've ran out of road, could you disable the bomb whilst we turn round" - Payne could still detonate it remotely so it's not like they could use that opportunity to unload the passengers.

Answer: I'm curious why you think Payne would do anything to make it easier for Jack? He's set a bomb with the express intention of killing people if his demands aren't met...why would he give Jack even the slightest chance of escaping that? And even if he was willing to, just because Payne can detonate the bomb remotely doesn't mean he can disarm it temporarily, then turn it back on.

Because the odds of the bus making that jump intact were incredibly small - if the bus blows up because of an infrastructure issue, Payne gets nothing.

If this plan fails, just like the elevator job, then they play a different game the next day so Payne would just look for another scheme to get his money.

ctown28 Premium member

Payne had no way of knowing what way the bus was going to go. How could he have prepared for the exact circumstances that led to needing to jump the gap.

Ssiscool Premium member

Answer: Payne is a raging psychopath. As long as he's alive, he can make more bombs.

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