Top 17 Speed Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Speed facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Speed film message.

Howard Payne, played by Dennis Hopper, always uses the phone by holding it to his left ear with his right hand. This is very probably due to hearing loss in his right ear caused by the same accident that cost him his left thumb.
Howard Payne, played by Dennis Hopper, always uses the phone by holding it to his left ear with his right hand. This is very probably due to hearing loss in his right ear caused by the same accident that cost him his left thumb.

Speed Racer (2008) - The bunny-hop pegs on Speed's car turn red when used due to friction caused from the high speeds they are driving at

Speed Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. : Peter Fernandez - who voiced Speed Racer and Racer X in the English dub of the original anime - plays a race announcer in this film.

Speed Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The back of the bus rigged to explode states "Money isn't everything. (Yeah, right)." The man who placed the bomb on the bus did so because a prior plot was foiled and he created the second bomb because he was cheated out of over $3 million.
    The back of the bus rigged to explode states "Money isn't everything. (Yeah, right)." The man who placed the bomb on the bus did so because a prior plot was foiled and he created the second bomb because he was cheated out of over $3 million.
  • : 2001 A Space Odyssey Easter egg

Speed Hidden Details

You can see the Mach 6's suspension extend as it is pulled down by gravity in a loop

1 - The rest of the crew is leaning in the opposite direction from the g-forces acting on Sanders and Dark Helmet.
The rest of the crew is leaning in the opposite direction from the g-forces acting on Sanders and Dark Helmet.
1 - A standard Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is used in the De Leon race, but painted to look like a Bugatti Veyron SuperSport (SS).
A standard Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is used in the De Leon race, but painted to look like a Bugatti Veyron SuperSport (SS).

Howard Payne hijacks a bus for ransom claiming that the only reason is "for money," but the Santa Monica Bank ad on the back of the bus reads, "Money isn't everything. (Yeah, right.)"

The bus cannot go below 50mph, and, perhaps coincidently, the bus' number is 2525.

1 - A young Speed Racer daydreams and we see an opposing driver with (among other things) a serpent motif on his helmet, foreshadowing Snake Oiler, a future antagonist.
A young Speed Racer daydreams and we see an opposing driver with (among other things) a serpent motif on his helmet, foreshadowing Snake Oiler, a future antagonist.

Right before the bus jump scene on the highway, they sped up the footage so that the bus would appear to move faster (notice the people on the trailer on the left and the cars).

1 - Various blimps in the background depict characters from U.B. Funkeys, a toys-to-life game created by Mattel and the first of its genre.
Various blimps in the background depict characters from U.B. Funkeys, a toys-to-life game created by Mattel and the first of its genre.

" the LAPD loops the CCTV feed from inside the bus and gets away with it because Howard Payne was in the bathroom. In the previous scene, Payne was drinking a beverage while watching his various TV screens, which filled his bladder.

1 - After Jack (Keanu Reeves) boards the bus, he says to Payne (Dennis Hopper), "I'm gonna rip your fucking spine out, I swear to God." At the end of the film, he keeps his promise.
After Jack (Keanu Reeves) boards the bus, he says to Payne (Dennis Hopper), "I'm gonna rip your fucking spine out, I swear to God." At the end of the film, he keeps his promise.

The bus that Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are in has to maintain a constant speed or else it will blow up, a smart and subtle reference to the title

Speed poster
Speed poster

Speed Plot

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Speed. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director Jan de Bont
Production 20th Century Fox
Stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton
IMDB score 7.2