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Cool Runnings (1993)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  1 October 1993 (USA)
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When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified to the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.



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Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team's bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son of a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway, if not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer seriously. But team spirit and a healthy self-confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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One dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty below zero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jamaica Abaixo de Zero  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)


£9,209,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)

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1.85 : 1
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In the sport of bobsledding, adding weight to the sled is perfectly legal. In fact, sometimes it's a safety measure. Both two and four-man sleds have minimum and maximum weights. The weight of the sled is calculated as the total weight of the sled and its crew. If the fully loaded sled weighs less than the maximum, it is perfectly legal to add weight to make up the difference. See more »


When watching the final run on TV, Joy Bannock reacts with horror three seconds before the crash actually occurs - even before the commentator warns it may happen by saying "I don't think he's going to be able to hold it." See more »


Sanka Coffie: Look, Star. Let me tell you a little something, alright? When you need something from me, you don't have to hand me a bunch of lines. All you have to do is look at me in the eye and say, "Sanka, you are my best friend, we've been through a whole heap together, and I really, really need you."
Derice Bannock: Sanka, you're right. And you are my best friend. We've been through a whole lot together.
Sanka Coffie: "Heap, heap!"
Derice Bannock: Sorry, mon. Whole heap together.
Sanka Coffie: "And I really, really need you."
Derice Bannock: And I really, really need you.
Sanka Coffie: [...]
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Jamaican Bobsledding Chant
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Funny, strong and endearing characters
3 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and loving it. It is one of those feel good movies that you think is corny but somehow avoids that label. The characters are funny and endearing. John Candy balances the broken side of his character along with the inspirational side of his character very believably. Doug E Doug has some hilarious dialogs. You feel yourself rooting for the team with more feeling than you expect. The director does well by not focusing on the racial aspect of the movie and converting it to just another movie of black vs. white. Obviously you cannot expect any brilliant acting or movie making but all in all this movie is a must see for families. Four Jamaicans in a bob sled is more entertaining than it looks.

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