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Final Fights – Episode 11 – Jack Traven vs. Howard Payne in Speed (1994)

June 14, 2020

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The final fight between Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) and Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) in Speed takes place atop a speeding train and ends with a gnarly decapitation due to a very sturdy light. Not many people remember this fight, because when thinking about Speed, the majority of the attention is focused on the beautiful bus stunts and chemistry between Reeves and Sandra Bullock. This underappreciated brawl features decapitations, excessive screaming and a one-liner that requires too much thinking (I love it though). In this episode, we discuss sturdy lights, excessive action and the speed of Dennis Hopper. Enjoy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2020 9:30 am

    You know any final fight with Dennis Hopper is going to be awesome. That last one liner… would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when it was discussed what that should be. I still think the best part is the dye pack. “I got plenty!” Bang! He had the looked on his face my dad had when I had to explain why I stuck a screwdriver into the outlet when I was about 6.

    • June 15, 2020 11:55 am

      He looked so pissed! It makes sense that he would climb on top of a train and become shorter.

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