Sudden Death (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  22 December 1995 (USA)
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A disgraced 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whittni Wright ...
Emily McCord
Tyler McCord
Kate McNeil ...
Mrs. Ferrara
Steve Aronson ...
Michael R. Aubele ...
Ace (as Michael Aubele)
Karen Elise Baldwin ...
TV Director (as Karen Baldwin)
Jennifer D. Bowser ...
Pat Brisson ...
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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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


They said Game 7 would be a war. They didn't know the half of it. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte súbita  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$22,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite playing the lead character Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn't fight a henchman until 37 minutes into the film. See more »


During the fight scene on the roof of the arena, as the panels open and you can see into the arena, for several shots, all the seats are empty. See more »


[In the locker room]
Tyler: Hey! There's Brad Tolliver. Dad he doesn't have a rocking chair.
Tolliver: A what?
Tyler: My dad says you should sit in a rocking chair, while you are on the ice.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


ESPN National Hockey League Theme
Written by Bob Christianson
Courtesy of ESPN, Inc.
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Van-Damme's best action movie.
4 June 2000 | by (israel) – See all my reviews

Van-Damme is known for acting in two film genres: Action and Martial-Arts. His best martial arts film is BloodSport, also thought to be one of the best movies of all time in it's genre. This movie - Sudden Death - is his best action film.

Great action scenes, some very hilarious scenes, and great overall action and suspense make this a great action movie overall.

If you like action movies, you'll love this one. If you are a Van-Damme fan, this is a must-see.


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