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Cool Runnings (1993)

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from 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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

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

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)

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$68,856,263 (USA)
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The film's key major setting was the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta in Canada. The movie's top billed lead star, actor-comedian John Candy was Canadian, having been born in Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario in Canada. See more »

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The board of results drawn up in the Jamaican village bar lists England as a competing team. England does not field separate teams in Olympic events; it only competes as part of a British team. See more »

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[repeated lines]
Derice Bannock: Sanka you dead?
Sanka Coffie: Ya, mon.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Dolly My Baby
Written by William Maragh and T. Sparks
Performed by Super Cat
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A little gem
9 March 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

'Cool Runnings' is one of those prized and rare animals - a genuinely feel-good family movie that doesn't also make you feel stupid.

Based (rather loosely, I suspect) on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team who competed in the Winter Olympics, against outrageous odds, ridicule, complete lack of snow in Jamaica, etc, etc - 'Cool Runnings' hardly puts a foot wrong as it moves towards its rousing ending. That ending is genuinely inspirational, lump-in-the-throat stuff, which so many serious sports movies have aimed at, and fallen short of.

Most miraculously, from my point of view, I actually found myself _liking_ John Candy, in this movie.

I'm giving this one 8 out of 10. It achieves its goals splendidly. Be sure to give it a look if you've not seen it before.


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