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A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.



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If you don't think Speed is the fastest-moving adventure film ever made, we challenge you to find a faster one. Keanu Reeves stars as an LA Bomb Squad specialist whose principal antagonist is elusive bomber-extortionist Dennis Hopper. Seeking vengeance after his latest ransom scheme is thwarted, Hopper presents a personal challenge to Reeves: A wired-for-destruction city bus, which will detonate if the speedometer drops below 50 MPH. Playing the reluctant civilian who is pressed into service as the bus' "substitute driver," leading lady Sandra Bullock became a major star in her own right. Once Speed gets to the meat of its story, the excitement never lets up--not even after the boobytrapped bus is out of the picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Keanu Reeves
as Jack Traven
Dennis Hopper
as Howard Payne
Joe Morton
as Capt. McMahon
Alan Ruck
as Stephens
Glenn Plummer
as Jaguar Owner
Natsuko Ohama
as Mrs. Kamino
Beau Starr
as Commissioner
Simone Gad
as 1st Bus Passenger
Loretta Jean Crudup
as 2nd Bus Passenger
Sheri Villanueva
as 3rd Bus Passenger
Jordan Lund
as Bagwell
Robert Mailhouse
as Young Executive
Patrick Fischler
as Friend of Executive
Susan Barnes
as Female Executive
Richard Dano
as SWAT Driver
Jane Crawley
as Baby Carriage Woman
Anne O'Sullivan
as Baby Carriage Woman
James DuMont
as Workman
Antonio Garcia Mora
as 1st News Anchor
Patty Toy
as 2nd News Anchor
Todd Gordon
as News Cameraman
Bruce Wright
as 1st Reporter
Mark Kriski
as 2nd Reporter
Dagny Hultgreen
as 3rd Reporter
Richard Schiff
as Train Driver
Sandy Martin
as Bartender
Jim Mapp
as Additional Bus Passenger
Milton Quon
as Additional Bus Passenger
Sonia Jackson
as Additional Bus Passenger
Carmen Williams
as Additional Bus Passenger
Paula Montes
as Additional Bus Passenger
Loyda Ramos
as Additional Bus Passenger
Julia Vera
as Additional Bus Passenger
Marylou Lim
as Additional Bus Passenger
Brian K. Grant
as Elevator Passenger
Barry Kramer
as Elevator Passenger
Robin McKee
as Elevator Passenger
Paige Goodman
as Elevator Passenger
Christina Fitzgerald
as Elevator Passenger
Tara Thomas
as Elevator Passenger
Cece Tsou
as Elevator Passenger
Michael N. Fujimoto
as Elevator Passenger
Richard Gelb
as Elevator Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Speed

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  • There should be traffic jams at the box office as Fox picks up many busloads of riders for its fast and furiously entertaining thriller Speed.

    Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.

    Aug 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Speed

  • Sep 14, 2017
    A great action packed movie that's intense from the word go and hardly ever let's up, Some great practical effects and even the acting was pretty good from all the cast, The plot was allot fun and felt really fresh, The dialogue was pretty bad and it had its share of 90's cheese hidden away at times but it's a great popcorn flick that will hold up for many years to come.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Speed" is another one of "Keanu Reeves's" classic 1990's action movies. The plot to "Speed" is that a young police officer named "Jack Traven" portrayed by "Keanu Reeves" who stops a maniac bomber from killing 20 people in an elevator. The bomber gets away but has a new plan, which is to put a bomb on a bus; if the bus goes over 50 miles per hour the bomb is detonated if the bus then goes under 50 miles per hour it will explode. The movie opens with the antagonist of the film "Howard Payne" portrayed by "Dennis Hopper" planting a bomb in a building. The scene is intense and shows how evil "Payne" is. The action-sequences on the bus are terrific; they are both intense and exciting. The movie's climax which takes place on a train is amazing, it works because the movie is so unpredictable and anything can happen. "Keanu Reeves's" acting is good; as usual he gives a calm performance as apposed to an angry and exciting performance. "Sandra Bullock" truly gives a stunning performance as "Annie" and her relationship between her and "Payne" occasionally has its issues but nothing too bad. "Mark Mancina" exceeds in creating some of cinema's best soundtrack. The cinematographer "Jan de Bont" excels in doing something many others failed in, which is filming some of the most exciting scenes in a movie for example the bus-jumping scene. If you are a person who enjoyed watching "The Matrix" or "Point Break" then I recommend you watch "Speed" as it has amazing music, terrific visuals, one of the most original exciting plots of the 1990's and is just an amazing action film. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues, these being "Keanu Reeves's" calm acting and some dialogue issues. I give 1994's "Speed" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    An absolute thrill ride. Speed has one of the best action movie plots of all time and features some great performances. If you are a fan of action then watching this film is a requirement.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2015
    Intense and gripping until the end. Kept me on the edge of my seat! PS Minus one-half star for the Keanu-Sandra pair up.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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