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Sudden Death (1995)

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A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Karen Elise Baldwin (story) (as Karen Baldwin), Gene Quintano (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Darren McCord
Powers Boothe ... Joshua Foss
Raymond J. Barry ... Vice President
Whittni Wright ... Emily McCord
Ross Malinger ... Tyler McCord
Dorian Harewood ... Hallmark
Kate McNeil ... Kathi
Michael Gaston ... Hickey
Audra Lindley ... Mrs. Ferrara
Brian Delate ... Blair
Steve Aronson Steve Aronson ... Dooley
Michael R. Aubele Michael R. Aubele ... Ace (as Michael Aubele)
Karen Elise Baldwin ... TV Director (as Karen Baldwin)
Jennifer D. Bowser Jennifer D. Bowser ... Joan
Pat Brisson Pat Brisson ... Player #2
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Storyline

Some terrorists kidnap the Vice President of the United States and threaten to blow up the entire stadium during the final game of the NHL Stanley Cup. There is only one way and one man to stop them... Written by Volker Boehm

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Terror goes into overtime. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a substantial amount of strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muerte súbita See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Hyams: [Spota] a character named Spota. See more »

Goofs

In the final rooftop scene, Emily's underwear changes from red to white as she falls through the hole. See more »

Quotes

Emily McCord: [on phone] Hello? Hello?
Darren McCord: Emily. Don't let him know it's me. I'll get you out. I'll take you home, I promise. Look around and tell me how many people are there.
Emily McCord: Twelve.
Joshua Foss: [takes phone from Emily] Well, wasn't that sweet? She included me, Tom. Now, you tell me what an AOP is or I'm gonna shoot this cute little pumpkin.
Darren McCord: Listen to me, listen good. If you touch her, you look at her cross-eyed, you lose.
Joshua Foss: [laughs] How do you figure that, fireman?
Darren McCord: Okay, here's the game and here are the rules. You've got ...
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996) See more »

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Powers Gives Boost To Film
20 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I found this to be a very interesting action with with Powers Boothe fun to watch as the main villain, thanks to his dialog and no-nonsense approach. At least he wasn't one of those talk-first, shoot-maybe-later clichés from the world of film. The hockey scenes in here are realistic, too. However, the rest of the film doesn't exactly exhibit realism: lots of hokey stuff in here, too. At the end, the action really gets carried away and brings the rating down on this to a manageable "7." Otherwise, it would be a minimum of "8" just for the entertainment value alone.

After a slow start, it picks up when Boothe enters the movie. Then it never lets up. If you want a pure hour of action, this is it. There is no female lead in this movie, so you get no romance nor gratuitous sex scenes, which is a bit unusual. It's a straight crime story.

One note: unless things have been changed, I was disappointed my DVD did not offer a widescreen version.


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