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Based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.

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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 to 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>

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Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. See more »


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

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Jamaica Abaixo de Zero  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)

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£9,209,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)
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Denzel Washington turned down the role of Derice and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka, baulking at the pay offered. See more »

Goofs

In the shot in the bar when the coach is angry, he goes over, picks up a pool stick and repeatedly smashes the radio. You can see the wooden frame fall off the table leaving just the inside parts on the bar during one of the smashes. He then proceeds to place the pool stick back on the rack and walks back and sits down. When he does, you can see the wood frame and inside parts of the radio both sitting on the bar again. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Yul Brenner: Don't touch me!
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Referenced in Family Guy: The Son Also Draws (1999) See more »

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Rise Above It
Written by P.C. Harris and Peter Curry
Performed by Lock, Stock and Barrel
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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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