SUDDEN DEATH
1995, Universal, 111 min, USA, Dir: Peter Hyams

A crowded sports arena becomes a war zone when terrorists take the U.S. vice president hostage during a hockey game. Fire marshal Jean-Claude Van Damme is the only thing that stands in the way of ex-CIA agent Powers Boothe, who plans to blow the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to kingdom come if he doesn’t get the millions he demands. Luc Robitaille and Mario Lemieux are among the real-life hockey players who take the ice in this DIE HARD-esque action thriller.


BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
1989, Universal, 145 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

Based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, this powerful film earned fellow Vietnam vet Oliver Stone a Best Director Oscar. In one of his best performances, Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, a Marine wounded in a firefight and paralyzed from the chest down. Returning to a society that is indifferent if not hostile, he struggles to reconcile the rhetoric about the war with its reality, eventually taking a place at the front lines of the protest movement. Costarring Kyra Sedgwick and Willem Dafoe.


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