Sudden Death

Sudden Death

Peter Hyams (1995)

105min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

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 & Crew

Darren McCord Jean-Claude Van Damme
Joshua Foss Powers Boothe
Vice-president Raymond J Barry
Emily McCord Whittni Wright
Tyler McCord Ross Malinger
Hallmark Dorian Harewood
Wootton Jophery Brown
Secret serviceman William Cameron
Director Peter Hyams
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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