Sudden Death (1995)
It is the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are battling the Chicago Blackhawks as 17,000 frenzied fans -- including the Vice President of the United States, who is watching from the luxurious owner's box high above Pittsburgh's Civic Arena – are on the edge of their seats; unaware that an elite group of extortionists is about to make this a game no one will ever forget.

Van Damme plays Darren McCord, a fireman with a troubled past. When his young daughter (Whittni Wright) is suddenly taken hostage during the hockey game, McCord engages in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a ruthlessly cold-blooded adversary (Powers Boothe). With thousands of lives at stake, including that of his son (Ross Malinger), McCord battles both the terrorists and his own personal demons as the seconds on the game clock race towards a fateful conclusion.

Sudden Details
Release date: December 22, 1995

Director: Peter Hyams

Writers: Karen Elise Baldwin and Gene Quintano

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry, Whittni Wright, Ross Malinger, Dorain Harewood, Kate McNeil, Michael Gaston, Audra Lindley, Brian Delate, Steve Aronson, Michael R. Aubele, Karen Elise Baldwin, Jennifer D. Bowser, Pat Brisson

Studio: Universal Pictures

Genre: Action, Drama

Rating: R (for a substantial amount of strong violence, language)


• The announcer used in the movie is actually the Pittsburgh Penguins' real announcer Mike Lange. He also uses some of his trademark sayings such as "Scratch my back with a hacksaw" and "Call Arnold Slick in Turtle Crick". The color commentator is also the current Penguins televison play-by-play man, Paul Steigerwald.

• The goalie equipment and uniform number #35 used by Tolliver is the actual equipment designs of Tom Barrasso, the Penguins' goalie at the time.

• While shooting inside of the Civic Arena, in some sections there were cardboard cut outs of people because production didn't have enough money to pay any more extras.

• Several members of the Pittsburgh Penguins make appearances in the movie. The most prominent member was Luc Robitaille, who scored the game tying goal. Markus Näslund - virtually an NHL unknown at the time, but later a league superstar with the Vancouver Canucks - also appears. The Chicago Blackhawks were played by the Cleveland Lumberjacks (Pittsburgh's IHL affiliate at the time). Ian Moran (who was a Lumberjack) played Chris Chelios.

• The film was shot during the NHL lockout during the 1994 - 1995 hockey season, which was finally resolved later that year.

• Jean-Claude Van Damme was not the first choice for the part of troubled ex-fire fighter Darren McCord.

• The original script called for the Penguins to play the L.A. Kings.

• Jaromir Jagr wasn't happy that the hockey player wearing his number (68) was on the ice for three of the opposing teams goals, making him a minus 3.

Holy S***!

uttering a line to Mike Lange after the scoreboard exploded

• Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar sold more than 2 million copies in 12 months and became 1971's number-one-selling album.

In July of that year, 13,000 Superstar fans packed the Civic Arena to see the opera performed in concert. That performance was just the runner-up to a full-blown Broadway production that opened on Broadway on October 12, 1971.

• Elvis Presley performed there on June 25, 1973 and later on December 31, 1976.

• The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh was filmed at the arena in 1979.

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