''Sudden Death'' is a 1995 movie starring Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. The story is about Darren [=McCord=], a {{Pittsburgh}} fire marshal who is on duty during the seventh UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague StanleyCup playoff game (with his kids in the seats), watching the game uncovers a plot to hold the stadium - and the Vice President, who is attending - for ransom.

!!Tropes in ''Sudden Death'' include:
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality:
** This movie requires you to accept that this game is so interesting that every single person in the stadium - right down to the maintenance workers who are supposed to be behind the scenes and every security guard in the building are either watching the game or has been compromised. Otherwise there is no way Darren could wander the entire building which seems empty despite probably being the most occupied building in the city at that time.
** Also, before overtime begins the players are shown in the bench. The playoff rules mandate that they should go to the locker room... which in the Penguins case means they would find it riddled with bullets and with some corpses.
* AccidentalAthlete: At one point Darren [=McCord=] actually has to ''pretend to be the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie'' to avoid the terrorists who have invaded the arena. He even makes a save.
* AsHimself: The Penguins real announcers (Mike Lange, Paul Steigerwald) and some of their players at the time (Luc Robitaille, Markus Näslund).
* BadWithTheBone[=/=]ImprovisedWeapon: Darren to the {{Mook}}'s neck.
* CatastrophicCountdown: Once the game is over the BigBad will blow the stadium. When the game is tied up, the BigBad decides the extra time is fair.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted - it's actually pretty surprising that once they get Darren off of the little girl in the beginning, they just stare at her body and don't do CPR. Even in this situation any EMT or firefighter worth their chops would be all over that girl searching for any small spark of life left to work with.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: {{Netflix}} streaming listed this as taking place at a ''baseball'' game.
* DieHardOnAnX: Die Hard at a Hockey Playoff.
* FauxAffablyEvil: BigBad Joshua Foss and his terrorist henchmen (notable examples include [[DeadpanSnarker Carla and Jefferson]] as well as the food-loving Scratch, the explosive expert with the Uzi and last, but not least [[spoiler: TheMole Agent Hallmark]]).
* FullBodyDisguise: Darren dresses like a Penguins Goalie and goes out on the ice, sits next to and gets greeted by the team, ''plays'' goalie well, and no one notices that it's him and not the actual goalie. Not the other players, not the coach, not the audience... but for some reason the {{Mooks}} across the stadium recognize him, and his son way up in the nosebleed seats (though the only way the son recognized him was via their SecretHandshake).
* HyperFocusedCrowd: The crowd is so caught up in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs - all three periods - that they fail to notice people fighting on the catwalks above them and the fact that the parking lot is full of police cars keeping the building on lockdown.
* PeekABooCorpse: Twice, in the girls room and in the office.
* {{Pittsburgh}}: Though mostly at the stadium. It was filmed there during the 1994–95 NHL lockout. The stadium this took place at was the "Civic Arena" at the time, and later renamed "Mellon Arena" by Mellon Bank. Locals sometimes called it "the Igloo". Since then the Pittsburgh Penguins built a new arena (Consol Arena) across the street. The arena in the film was ripped down in 2012.
** It really could open as shown in the movie, but almost never was used in practice. The designers hadn't factored in how windy it would get inside with the top open, and after a few very windy graduation ceremonies and concerts opening the top was pretty much abandoned. Eventually upper tiers of seats were installed which, while enhancing revenue, hampered the ability to open the dome.
* RuleOfFunny: Darren fighting the Penguins Mascot.
** Even more because the original writer said this scene was the only remnant of his script, intended as an AffectionateParody instead of a straight-up action movie.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: A mook messes up by saying Emily's name. He then {{Lampshades}} it by saying "You didn't say it, did you?"
* NoOshaCompliance: Not a single usher is checking the seats to make sure everyone evacuated safely nor noticed a child sitting by himself in the stadium that everyone just evacuated due to an explosion. [=McCord=], being the fire marshal on duty, is sure to include this in his report.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The movie tries to pass off Van Damme's Belgian accent as [[CanadaEh Quebecois]]. Then again, a [[FakeNationality Fake Canadian]] is appropriate to a hockey-themed movie.
* {{Novelization}}: By Steven Mertz. An audiobook adaptation was released at the same time, read by PowersBoothe, who plays the film's villain.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: that helicopter they dropped through the roof at the end? They really did that. Ask anyone though and they'll swear it looks fake.
* ShirtlessScene: The locker room.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: Darren shoots out the pilot and the BigBad does a LONG BigNo as the helicopter slowly crashes tail-first into the skating ring below in an orange fireball.
* SuddenDeath: Not only the title, but plot-important.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: While the time period isn't stated, the idea of keeping a media blackout on the situation was a little ridiculous back in 1995, and even more so in the age of everywhere Internet access.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Several times action takes place over and around a crowd who simply cannot be distracted from the game. Not a single person is looking anywhere but the game.
* WaitHere: Darren tells Emily and Tyler to sit and watch the game. By themselves. Tyler listens. Emily gets fed up with her brother and marches straight into the plot.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never find out who wins the game. Everyone panics and leaves at an explosion and that's that.
** When the BigBad decides to blow the stadium, only one charge remains. It blows a water line, sending water down a ramp, tripping people. This does not impact our protagonists at all, and is never brought up again.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: When [[spoiler: Hallmark]] has a gun pulled on Darren instead of just shooting him he tells him to take his hands out of his pockets first. Bad move.
* WouldntHitAGirl: A brutal fight to the death between Darren and a female assassin, which ends with the villain being simultaneously strangled and boiled alive. Though she's dressed as a penguin during their bout.
* WouldHurtAChild: The terrorists are willing to harm Darren's daughter, who's being held hostage by the BigBad during the film.