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Sudden Death (1977)

R | | Action, Drama | May 1977 (USA)
When Ed Neilson's entire family is viciously murdered, he pleads with retired CIA operative Duke Smith (Robert Conrad) to investigate. He refuses, but relents after Neilson too meets an ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke Smith
Dominic Aldo
Wyatt Spain
John Shaw
Aline Samson ...
Caruth C. Byrd
Ken Metcalfe ...
Ed Neilson
Jenny Green ...
Nancy Conrad ...
Melissa Smith
Angelo Ventura ...
'Buffalo' Tinker
Eddie Garcia ...
Raoul Hidalgo


When Ed Neilson's entire family is viciously murdered, he pleads with retired CIA operative Duke Smith (Robert Conrad) to investigate. He refuses, but relents after Neilson too meets an explosive death. Deception, international intrigue and a ruthless "syndicate of businessmen" intent on raping a South Pacific Islands nation of its resources keep the pace fast. Written by Anonymous

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Robert Conrad is better than Dirty Harry!


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May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte súbita  »

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Great hard-boiled action in 70's style!
29 June 2004 | by (Viiala, Finland) – See all my reviews

I found this film on VHS tape yesterday from a flea market. I had never heard of this before. I watched it today and liked it very much! The film is located in the Philippines, which I found very interesting. Usually these kind of movies take place in the east coast (New York) or west coast (San Francisco or Los Angeles) in the USA. This film is a rare exception of this.

The movie begins with some gangsters killing a family, a scene which reminds me of similar scene in Once Upon A Time In The West. The father of the family survives. After a while two long-time friends got to fight against the bad guys in many ways and several different places. The story is very confusing, mainly because the characters got very little introducing. But that's not so important in action movies...

The fighting and shooting scenes are very cool with a lot of shot-gun action and slow-motion camera. The actors are good, the dialogue is wonderfully explicit, editing works fine and the scenes are set up almost perfectly. I really enjoyed this and recommend it to anyone interested of good old action, instead of wire tricks and computer effects in modern actionfilms. The music made a great atmosphere with all those wah-wah guitar and minimoog sounds.

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