Sudden Death


Sudden Death Review

There are Die Hard clones, and there is Sudden Death. How identical are these two films? Instead of taking place in an office building, Sudden Death takes place in a hockey arena. Star Jean-Claude Van Damme isn't a cop; he's a fireman. His wife isn't held hostage; his daughter is. The villains don't want bearer bonds; they want money transfers. The computer geek isn't black; he's white.

And so it goes, in one of the most blatant rip-offs of all time. I'm surprised not only that there wasn't a lawsuit over the film, but also by how watchable the film is (though it truly is bad, it's fun at least). I'm sending consummate bad guy Powers Boothe a Christmas card.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 111 mins

In Theaters: Friday 22nd December 1995

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: MCA Universal Home Video

Production compaines: Imperial Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Signature Entertainment

Reviews 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 16

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme as Darren Francis Thomas McCord, as Joshua Foss, as Matthew Hallmark, as Vizepräsident Daniel Bender, as Tyler, as Emily McCord