Speed is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary today since it was released on June 10, 1994. It’s known as the movie that kicked off Sandy’s career and we thank director Jan De Bont for sticking with her even when the studio pressured him for another female actress. Can you imagine someone else playing Annie? I can’t.
HitFix has a great article with Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Jan De Bont looking back at Speed 20 years later:
There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You’d have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont’s “Speed,” which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it’s a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses.