Sudden Death

  • 18
  • Peter Hyams (1995)
  • US
  • 105 min
Sudden Death
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Despite its mundane title, this is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best thrillers. As a fire officer at an ice-hockey stadium, he is given the task of thwarting the deliciously menacing Powers Boothe, who plans to blow up the spectators, among them Van Damme's children and the US vice-president. Although plausibility isn't its strongest suit, it moves at a rollicking pace and never takes itself too seriously - who can resist a movie in which the Muscles from Brussels has to fight an assassin dressed as a penguin? This is one not just for Van Damme devotees, but for all action fans, right up to its explosively exciting climax.

Plot Summary

Terrorists seize control of an ice-hockey stadium in the middle of a match attended by the US vice president. Taking the politician hostage, they threaten to blow up the building at the final whistle - but a resourceful former fireman takes it upon himself to thwart their dastardly plot. Action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J Barry and Whittni Wright.

Cast and crew


Darren McCord
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Joshua Foss
Powers Boothe
Raymond J Barry
Emily McCord
Whittni Wright
Tyler McCord
Ross Malinger
Dorian Harewood
Jophery Brown
Secret serviceman
William Cameron


Peter Hyams

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18