Synopsis: Bomber terrorist's elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack's superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb.
Director(s): Jan de Bont
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Hey, this area's restricted.

Oh, hi. Yeah, I know.

They called me down here.

Some of this wiring got screwed up.

Nobody called it down to me.

I'm going to have to see a work order.

Yeah. Just a second.

There you are.

Nothing personal.

I guess that wraps it up.

Good work, everybody.

Marty, I couldn't be happier

with the way this worked out.


Hold that.


Gee, thanks.

Thanks for pushing that, Bob.

The light's on, but you never know,

it really might be broken.

Shut up.

Remember, honey...



Bob, what button did you push?

All responding "David Team" units

respond to lot 11.

Mr Bagwell,

make sure these other elevators

remain locked down and empty.

Yes, sir.

There's no other way... no doors...

no other way in or out

except through access panels,

is that correct?

Yes, sir.

Gentlemen, what we have here

are 13 passengers in an express elevator

below floor 30.

The bomb's already taken out cables.

The bomber wants $3 million

or he blows the emergency brakes.

What's our clock?

He gave one hour.

That leaves us 23 minutes exactly.

Anything else

that'll keep this elevator from falling?

The basement.

The city would like to avoid that event,

Officer Traven.

We can'tjust unload the passengers?

This is an express elevator.

The only way in or out

is through access panels.

The bomber's also wired

the hatch to trigger the bomb,

which seats him

in the 'crazy but not stupid' section.

Sir, Harry volunteers to examine the device.

Yeah, right.


The two of you check it out.

The nearest access panel's

on the 32nd floor in the lobby.

I want reports only.

We're in a holding pattern.

Worthy, Briggs,

I want you to secure the base area.

No-one in or out.

Everyone else,

I want you to affirm building evac. Move!

Looks like we're walking.

Hurry, folks, but watch your step!

All the way down to the lobby!

Let's go, folks!


Come on, man. Get us out of here!


Please, help us!

Come on, man!


Please, get us out of here!



Get us out of here!

Who's up there?

Who's up there?

What's going on?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the LAPD.

- Thank God.

- What are you doing up there?

There's been an elevator malfunction,

so just relax.

Hey, come on!

What are you guys waiting for?

We'll have you out of there

as soon as possible.

Am I lying?

How come they sent cops here?

Shouldn't they send repair guys?

- Yeah.

- Makes no sense.

What do you think?

You're the expert. I just work here.

Looks pretty solid.

Anyone we know?

I don't recognize the work, but he's a pro.

He's cutting it close.

I don't like it.

Well, what's to like?

Mac said we hold, so we hold.

All right. Pop quiz.

The airport. Gunman with one hostage.

He's using her for cover.

He's almost to a plane.

You're 100 feet away.


Shoot the hostage.


Take her out of the equation.

Go for the good wound.

He can't get to the plane with her.

Clear shot.

You're deeply nuts. You know that?

"Shoot the hostage."

Harry, this is wrong.

He's going to blow it anyway.


I don't know. Gut feeling.

Right now, Mac outranks your gut, so we sit.

This is taking way too long.

How much you think that elevator weighs?

Jack, come on.

Maybe we can do something

about those hostages.

We're not going to shoot them, right?

Hey, where you going?

What's going on?

Don't go!

Don't leave us here!

No, we just take them out of the equation.

Are you sure it'll hold?

It'll hold.

Six minutes.

I can't get any more time.

He's not talking!

I need the goddamn money now.

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Graham Yost

Graham John Yost (born September 5, 1959) is a Canadian film and television screenwriter. His best-known works are the films Speed, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain and the TV series Justified. In 2002, he created the widely acclaimed, yet short-lived drama series Boomtown. He has also written for the television series Herman's Head and Band of Brothers. He also created the short-lived NBC drama Raines. Yost teamed up with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, along with two of his fellow Boomtown writers Michelle Ashford and Larry Andries, to write and direct episodes of the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Yost is the creator and executive producer of the FX series Justified, and an executive producer on the FX show The Americans. more…

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