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Sudden Death (1995)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Powers Boothe , Peter Hyams  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry, Whittni Wright, Ross Malinger
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Gene Quintano
  • Producers: Moshe Diamant, Howard Baldwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219660
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sudden Death" on IMDb

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    International action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme teams with Powers Boothe in a tension-packed, suspense thriller set against the backdrop of a Stanley Cup game. Van Damme portrays a father whose daughter is suddenly taken during a championship hockey game. With the captors demanding a billion dollars by game's end, Van Damme frantically sets a plan in motion to rescue his daughter and abort an impending explosion… before the final buzzer. It's a wild ride against time that Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times calls "A superior action thriller loaded with jaw-dropping stunts and special effects."

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    I am not sure why I hear a lot of bad comments about this Van Damme film. Sudden Death is one of many "Die Hard" remakes, but this is the most exciting one I have seen, all taking place in the Pittsburgh hockey arena during game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. The action and suspense are teriffic, and Van Damme does a fine all-around performance (for Van Damme). The movie is quickly paced and something is always happening. Though acting and visual effects may be poor at times, this is not a film to be watching for a wonderful hollywood drama. This is pure Van Damme excitment for some no-brain kick-butt action. I give 4.5 stars, not because this is one of the best movies ever made, but it is one of the most exciting Van Damme movies that is must see fun.

    Van Damme is "Darren", a sort-of fire rescue man who brings his daughter and son to the hockey game. Before the game begins, preparations are already unfolding for a new terror plot. The Vice President is on his way to the game to view the action live, and the terrorists are ready to take action once he takes his position in the owner's vip room. Naturally, the man in charge (Joshua Foss, played by Powers Boothe) wants money, and if he doesn't get it, he kills one hostage in the room after each period of the game expires. If the money is not in his account, the entire arena is rigged to blow at the conclusion of the game.

    Enter Van Damme, who plays hero, but does an exciting job of it. He gets in plenty of fights throughout the interior of the arena and on the rooftop as well. My favorite is with one of the terrorist women, who is disguised in the Penguin's mascot outfit. Its kinda silly that he is fighting a mascot, but the kitchen they fight in gets torn up real good.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sudden Something April 16, 2003
    When I heard that Peter Hyams had signed on to direct his second Van Damme film (the first being "Timecop"), I breathed a sigh of relief. It actually couldn't be that bad. Truthfully, I came out of the theatres pleasantly surprised.
    The real star of this movie is the action, in which Van Damme stays away from his signature spinning kicks, and adopts Bruce Willis's 'John McClane' as his persona. After "Die Hard", no one can claim to be original, so Hyams doesn't bother trying.
    Instead, he gives us great character actors (Powers Boothe, one of the best Van Damme villains yet), a fast-paced actioner, a bit of humour, and a totally prepostorous (at that time, anyway) Stanley Cup matchup between Pittsburgh (minus Mario) and Chicago.
    One of the best of the Van Damme fare on the market.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Let's play hockey! August 7, 2006
    By Meesha
    I've never been a big fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme, and as of last night, had never watched a film of his before. Although I did feel like watching Street Fighter a few years back, but I was really into Kylie Minogue at the time. And I was young. That's an excuse right?

    I was ended up pleasantly surprised by his acting - for some reason, I'd got it into my head that he's not that good an actor. OK, he was alright, but that doesn't mean I'm going to go rushing out to buy all his films.

    There's nothing new about this film, but it'll grab your attention the whole time it's on the screen. It's a clone of many other movies, and and it itself, has probably been cloned over the years. What's terrific is the build up to the finale. It's one of those movies, where just when you think surely it's finished now, it brings out another twist, or another explosion, and you're swept along.

    There's a few silly moments included in the film - Van Damme fighting a woman in a penguin suit for example, it's so funny to see and must have been embarrassing to film! :) But it ended up with the woman in the penguin suit someone that could be easily killed off and no one worries about her.

    Three quarters of the way through the movie Van Damme decides to take a quick break from all the hard work - and play some hockey! At first I totally did not realise it was Van Damme, for some reason, I thought it was one of the bad guys. It wasn't until the over done "I love you" moment, that I realised who it was.

    Unfortunately, Van Damme is far overshadowed by bigger, better action heroes, despite his best attempts at an impression of Bruce Willis throughout. Arnie & Sly obviously have the bigger muscles, and dare I say it, Mr Seagull has the overall size.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The kids were great... July 3, 2005
    By g_sark
    Sudden Death

    I got this movie because I was a Powers Boothe fan, and came to like the film for itself. It's gotten a lot of poor reviews, but I disagree and I think the film has a lot of value mainly because of the chemistry between the actors. My favorite parts of the film are those with interaction between Emily and Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe's character, never mentioned by name except in ending credits.) The duel of wits between these two is priceless and this is the best character (Emily) Powers Boothe ever plays against in my opinion.

    I believe it bears much more resemblance to the two `Under Siege' films than `Die Hard' as its critics claim. The children make this film so unique, they are a big part of why the characters are where they are, when they are; and why the plot unfolds the way it does. There is violence, and probably young children shouldn't watch it, but older mature teens might like it because of Emily and Tyler. This film deals, at least on a surface level, with many issues such as government ineptitude, job-related disability, divorce/marriage/child custody, and more.

    Powers Boothe, Dorian Harewood, and Colm Meaney are terrific villains. Powers Boothe especially plays a great sociopath, with the low baseline mood, superficial charm and emotional distance---although more insight than most. Whittni Wright plays Emily McCord, with nothing listed on IMDB for her after this film---a pity really I would love to see more of her. Ross Malinger plays Tyler McCord and he was terrific, I'm happy to see he's moved on to good things since.

    The film was scored by John Debney, and it's his worse piece of work; subdued especially for an action film, unoriginal, not outstanding in any way although believe me I've sat through far worse.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Van Damme at his best!
    Published 1 month ago by Lester James Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Diehardlies
    Watch this movie NOW! The best of the Diehardlies!
    Published 1 month ago by metalraygear
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
    I like his movies. This is a keeper if you love action movies. This is one of his best (my favorite is Time Cop). This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by taurusgirl
    4.0 out of 5 stars Any Van Damme fan knows this one.
    This made good money (I think) and it has a great villian. This was when JCVD was in his prime! Great fights as to be expected.
    Published 9 months ago by Jake Coker
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!
    Published 11 months ago by Ronniemoe
    4.0 out of 5 stars Van Damme is back
    If you're expecting a karate filled extravaganza then this isnt the movie for you. This is not like the 80's type movies like kickboxer, Lionheart and Bloodsport. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by H. Sharrott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great action packed film in Pittsburgh!
    It was a great story and since I live in Pittsburgh the old Civic Arena was around for years before they tore it down. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Diane H. Geis
    5.0 out of 5 stars more action
    just goes along with all the other movies i have with Jean-claude, helping my collection to grow each month more and more.
    Published 17 months ago by Jackie Veach
    2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, Ridiculous Jean-Claude Van Damme Vehicle.
    Viewed: 3/13
    Rate: 3

    3/13: Need further proof that NHL isn't popular? Well, I present to you Sudden Death and rest my case. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
    5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite Van Damme
    I think Van Damme is an under rated actor and there's also Powers Booth as a villain with whip crack delivery. Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Thomas Owen
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