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)".


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."


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.


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.


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.


Trivia: The first bus explosion nearly ended in disaster - the real bus that Jack waves goodbye to turned off while out of shot, then the camera moved around to see the prop bus in its place (towed by a car) that was packed with explosives ready to blow up. But a woman ran onto the set, thinking she'd missed her bus, and hopped aboard, almost missed by the crew as they were at a safe distance. John Frazier, the effect supervisor, spotted her and fortunately stopped the foreman from triggering the blast.

Jon Sandys

Trivia: The famous line "pop quiz, hotshot" doesn't actually have a definite writer. The original script was by Graham Yost, but Joss Whedon was brought in to rewrite it (unhappily uncredited per WGA rules) and wrote most of the dialogue. He said the line was already in the script, while Yost denies writing it and said it was Whedon's. Most likely it was written by another script doctor, Paul Attanasio, but he doesn't recall writing the line either.

Jon Sandys

Trivia: Joss Whedon was brought in to work on the original script, and despite being responsible for about 90% of the film's dialogue, didn't get a writing credit due to WGA rules at the time. He changed Alan Ruck to be more sympathetic, and created the scene after the elevator rescue when the team is celebrating, but all the characters, story beats and action were from the original writer Graham Yost.

Jon Sandys

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.

Trivia: The onramp to the freeway where Jack first drives on, passing vehicles to catch up to the bus, is actually the same location on the 105 freeway by the airport where the bus exits later in the film (where they exit for the airport). There is even a fake "Interstate 10" sign added if you look carefully to give out the illusion they are in Santa Monica getting on the 10 freeway.

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

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Question: How would you get on the roof of a moving subway? We don't see it in the movie (Jack looks up and starts to climb - cut - Jack is on the roof.... Howard cries 'I'm coming for you Jack and runs - cut - Howard is behind Jack on the roof. after the fight when Howard 'lost his head' - cut - Jack is inside the subway again...).

Answer: Ventilation shafts or roof panels.


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