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Sudden Death

4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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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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    • 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:
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      Restricted
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: December 9, 1997
    • Run Time: 111 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783219660
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Sudden Death" on IMDb

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    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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    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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    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. Van Damme is no spring chicken anymore but he does a few moves in this flick. The fight scene with the chicken mascot is classic..
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    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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    Only divorced, retired Belgian firefighters can beat up terrorists at hockey games who are trying to kill the President. And he has to deal with his two kids as well. What a great babysitter, huh? Packed with plenty of exaggerated fight scenes and a decent story, it gets a little cheesy and borders on disastrous at some points, but Van Damme's fans will not be disappointed as he once again delivers a great ending.
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    Ok- did you know Sudden Death was referred to when Hokey teams are tied and they play a game to untie the game? That's Sudden death--- I learned something while watching a great action packed movie! Very well worth your time and $$.
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