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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 »

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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 »


In the Jamaican qualifying scene, when they are getting ready to go, we see a shot of their feet. In that shot the "new" Jamaican sled can be seen, yet they only have new costumes, not a new sled yet. In the next shot the sled is the "old" sled. See more »


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Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time.
16 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this movie again on HBO, haven't seen it in almost a decade, and was surprised at how much slipped by me the first time. It's only sad point is to be reminded of what a loss we movie lovers suffered with the death of John Candy. Imagine what he could have done with a little more time on this mortal coil. This movie is uplifting; it's about the human spirit, its strengths and weaknesses. It explores the parent-child conflict, superstition, ambition, love, hate, patriotism and a gamut of other themes. The story telling is good, the camaraderie authentic, and the celebration of life inspiring. Follow your dreams, wherever they may lead you. When things seem impossible, just remember that there's a Jamaican bobsled team.

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