Six Degrees of Action: Youngblood/Sudden Death
With the NHL season now underway and with this being the Best Van Damme Week Ever, it seemed like a good time to present a hockey themed edition of Six Degrees of Action, especially when one of those hockey themed movies is the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, Sudden Death.
But how do you get from the 1980’s Rob Lowe film, Youngblood to Sudden Death? Six Degrees of Action, of course…
In Youngblood, Rob Lowe plays Dean Youngblood, a young hockey player with a world of potential who follows his hockey dreams by moving from New York to Canada to play for a minor league hockey team. His coach in the movie is played by the late great Ed Lauter.
1. Death Wish 3 – Ed Lauter plays Richard Shriker in Death Wish 3 along side Charles Bronson and Martin Balsam.
2. The Delta Force – Martin Balsam plays one of the hostages on the plane in The Delta Force. The Delta Force stars Chuck Norris and Steve James.
3. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation – James starred with Michael Dudikoff in several movies including American Ninja 2: The Confrontation.
4. Soldier Boyz – Michael Dudikoff was in Soldier Boyz where he played opposite Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
5. Showdown in Little Tokyo – Tagawa plays the main villain in Showdown in Little Tokyo making life miserable for Dolph Lundgren, Tia Carrere and Brandon Lee.
6. Rapid Fire – In Rapid Fire, Brandon Lee’s character, Jake Lo teams up with Agent Mace Ryan (played by Powers Boothe) to take down some drug lords.
And in Sudden Death, Powers Boothe plays the mastermind behind a plot to take the Vice President hostage at the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.