MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 12 this week

Cool Runnings (1993)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  1 October 1993 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 64,335 users  
Reviews: 96 user | 37 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 28 Jun 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 17 Sep 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 01 Feb 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 06 Jan 2014
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cool Runnings" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings (1993) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cool Runnings.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Uncle Buck (1989)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Gordon Bombay is forced to withdraw from the minor hockey league with a knee injury. Much to his surprise, he is given the job of coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games in ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Weisman
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Director: Daniel Stern
Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall
Little Giants (1994)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron
Home Alone (1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.

Director: Robert Lieberman
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
Heavy Weights (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Ben Stiller
Space Jam (1996)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.

Director: Joe Pytka
Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Irv
...
...
Paul Coeur ...
Larry Gilman ...
Charles Hyatt ...
Winston Stona ...
Coolidge
Bertina Macauley ...
Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie ...
Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper ...
Winston
Bill Dow ...
Registration Official
Edit

Storyline

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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Jamaican Bobsledders? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jamaica Abaixo de Zero  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)

Gross:

£9,209,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Malik Yoba film debut. See more »

Goofs

While Derice is traveling to various businesses seeking funding for the team, the montage puts all the executives in the same office behind the same desk; only with different decorations. See more »

Quotes

Irv: Derice, a gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without one, you'll never be enough with one.
[Turns to leave]
Derice Bannock: Hey coach, how will I know if I'm enough?
Irv: When you cross that finish line tomorrow, you'll know.
See more »

Connections

References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pretty fun sports movie
24 June 2004 | by (arlington, va) – See all my reviews

This one of those family-oriented sports movies that I have fond memories of from my elementary school days. Off the top of my head, I can name The Air Up There, Iron Will, and the Mighty Ducks in this category as well. They weren't masterpieces, per se, but they were pleasant, fun, and sometimes inspirational.

The thing about a sports movie is that the passion that a dedicated athlete feels is usually something that can translate itself visually on screen. For instance, if you were to make a movie about a passionate chess player, it's not as exciting to watch the final climactic moment when the hero checkmates his opponent, as it is to watch a game winning shot. What I'm getting to is that one of the draws of a sports movie is being exposed to that passion and desire in our hero.

In this case, the hero is Jamaican sprinter Derice Bannock who was accidentally tripped during the Olympic trials, but is determined to make the Olympics anyway. Since track's no longer an option for him, he figures why not start the nation's first bobsledding team, since a bobsled team hasn't been fielded yet. He also is encouraged in the sport by the fact that a friend of his dad happens to be a bobsled coach and he might be able to help. The bobsled coach declines citing as his reasons that there's no ice in Jamaica, that there's not enough time to train, that Derice doesn't have 3 other people which is needed to form a team, that he doesn't even think Derice was a good runner, and that he doesn't even like coaching anymore.

Nevertheless, Derice manages to convince the coach, and get three teammates consisting of his best friend, the guy who tripped him in the trials, and another sprinter who got tripped in the trials along with him. This is one of the better sources of entertainment in the film because the dynamics of this team are formed under such unusual circumstance. For instance, Yul, one of the two who got tripped during the trials, still hasn't forgiven Junior, the tripper.

The film very cleverly finds a balance between the inspirational element of this story and the humor. Essentially, Derice the most determined member of the group, is a person who we come to admire for his persistence, and maybe that's why it's a good family film, someone kids can look up to. The humor comes from Derice's friend, Sanka, who says a lot of funny stuff. This really is the only way the movie could work because if Derice was funny and told jokes, you wouldn't take him seriously, and if Sanka was more determined about winning, his jokes would sound out of context. The two guys in the middle of the bobsled, both metaphorically and literally, add to the film in their own ways but on a smaller scale. The late John Candy plays the coach and fills the part well.

The other notable thing about the film is it's ending. Provided, this is your first viewing, it really does a lot for the movie. I won't give it away, but the ending is unpredictable yet equally satisfying, something I don't often see. However, I wonder, since this was filmed only five years after the Calgary Olympics, how familiar would viewers have been with the actual event that inspired the film. If they knew the story of the '88 Jamaican bobsled team in its entirety, than the impact of that ending would have been lost.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A JAMAICAN'S opinion of this movie redtape2
100 things I learned from cool runnings alexweiss3
Favourite scene maralyntan
Best Movie Ever? Greenbot
the ending mca3930
Underrated ntini77
Discuss Cool Runnings (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?