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Sudden Death (1995)



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Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin was the producer of Sudden Death, and the action is set in his hockey arena, in which the Penguins are playing the Chicago Blackhawks. Pittsburgh fire inspector Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is attending the game with his two children. He's quit fighting fires because of a tragedy a few years earlier involving a child he couldn't save. Also at the game is the vice-president of the United States (Raymond Barry), who is the target of a terrorist plot. The terrorist leader, an insane ex-CIA agent named Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe), has masterminded a scheme to hold the vice-president hostage in his luxury suite while demanding that payments be transferred to his account electronically at the end of each period of the game. If he doesn't get his money, he will kill one member of the vice-president's party at the end of each period, and at game's end he will order ten bombs hidden in the arena to be detonated with all 17,000 fans present. McCord discovers the plot while his daughter Emily (Whittni Wright) is kidnapped by the terrorists too. McCord must dispatch the villains and find the bombs, while saving all the hostages. Luckily, he is adept at martial arts. He fights one henchman dressed in a Penguins mascot outfit in the arena's kitchen, and another terrorist on the arena's retracting dome. At one point, McCord switches identities with a player, is sent into the game, and scores a goal. Director Peter Hyams also directed Van Damme in the blockbuster Timecop. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Quintano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


Powers Boothe
as Joshua Foss
Whittni Wright
as Emily McCord
Ross Malinger
as Tyler McCord
Raymond J. Barry
as Vice President
Audra Lindley
as Mrs. Ferrara
Karen Baldwin
as TV Director
Pat Brisson
as Player No. 2
William Cameron
as Secret Serviceman
Jay Caufield
as Tolliver
Alan Clement
as Mr. Wirtz
Bill Clement
as Pre-Game Announcer
Gil Combs
as Secret Service No. 1
Jack Erdie
as Scratch
Ed Evanko
as Baldwin
David Flick
as Spectator
Glenn Alan Gardner
as Sugarman Driver
John Hall
as Hallmark's Secret Se...
Mark Hager
as Elevator SS Man
Gilbert B. Combs
as Hallmark's Secret Se...
Brian Hutchison
as Young Agent
Jeff Jimerson
as Anthem Singer
Callum Keith-King
as Kitchen Assistant
Rick LeFevour
as Ante Room SS Man
Tommy Lafitte
as Sugarman Guard
Raymond Laine
as Foss Man No. 1
Mike Lange
as Play by Play Announc...
Butch Luick
as Fat Man
Larry John Meyers
as Box Secret Service N...
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem
as Concessionaire
Paul Mochnick
as Andre Ferrara
Brad Moniz
as Toowey
Jean Pierre Nutini
as Employee No. 1
Daniel R. Pagath
as Asisstant Coach
Allan Pinsker
as Older Man
Douglas Rees
as Spotter
Diane Robin
as Mrs. Baldwin
Paul Mochnik
as Andrew Ferrara
Thomas Saccio
as Foss Helicopter Pilo...
Vinnie Sciullo
as Foss Man No. 2
Jack Skelly
as Elderly Guard
Brian Smrz
as Thug No. 2
Phil Spano
as Player No. 1
Paul Steigerwald
as Color Commentator
John Sterling
as Kitchen Secret Servi...
Harold Surratt
as Hallmark Secret Serv...
Rohn Thomas
as Mayor Taylor
Ray Laine
as Foss Man #1
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Critic Reviews for Sudden Death

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Offers above-average pyrotechnics, a body count that steadily mounts, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Sudden Death is one of the best action thrillers of 1995. It's also the film Jean-Claude Van Damme has been building up to for 10 years.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Despite the elaborate stunts, go-go-go direction from Peter Hyams, plus butt-kicking and surprise goalie action from Van Damme, Death deserves the hockey-puck booby prize for...getting its jollies by putting kids in jeopardy.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A treat for Jean-Claude Van Damme fans, a superior action thriller loaded with jaw-dropping stunts and special effects, and strong in production values.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Van Damme races against time, trying to thwart Boothe and defuse all the bombs. But in the hands of director Peter Hyams, these are just banal action-movie chores.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sudden Death

This is a pretty good 'Die Hard' style flick, 'Die Hard' in a ice hockey stadium haha the villian, Boothe is pretty nasty and the action is good and strong. The final scene is abit over the top but this is a good action effort.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Really really typical 90's action flick...with on exception...
Jean Claude Van Damme fights a penguin.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Die Hard on ice.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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