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 … More

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


as Joshua Foss

as Darren McCord

as Emily McCord

as Tyler McCord

as Hallmark

as Vice President

as Kathi

as Mrs. Ferrara

as TV Director

as Player No. 2

as Secret Serviceman

as Tolliver

as Mr. Wirtz

as Pre-Game Announcer

as Secret Service No. 1

as Scratch

as Baldwin

as Spectator

as Sugarman Driver

as Hallmark's Secret Se...

as Elevator SS Man

as Hallmark's Secret Se...

as Young Agent

as Anthem Singer

as Kitchen Assistant

as Ante Room SS Man

as Sugarman Guard

as Foss Man No. 1

as Play by Play Announc...

as Fat Man

as Box Secret Service N...

as Concessionaire

as Andre Ferrara

as Toowey

as Employee No. 1

as Asisstant Coach

as Older Man

as Spotter

as Mrs. Baldwin

as Andrew Ferrara

as Foss Helicopter Pilo...

as Foss Man No. 2

as Elderly Guard

as Thug No. 2

as Player No. 1

as Color Commentator

as Kitchen Secret Servi...

as Hallmark Secret Serv...

as Mayor Taylor

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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