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Cool Runnings (1993)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Coeur ...
Larry Gilman ...
Charles Hyatt ...
Winston Stona ...
Bertina Macauley ...
Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie ...
Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper ...
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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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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:

Blue Maaga  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)


$68,856,263 (USA)

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Production Co:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On January 18, 2014 the Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the 2 man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. They have described themselves as "Cool Runnings, The Second Generation." In light of the team's qualification for the 2014 Olympics, Dudley Stokes, one of the original 1988 team and now general secretary of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation, said "I don't think the support for the team, like we've seen over the last three days, would have been sustainable without the ongoing appeal of the movie". The team received funding from many sources, including one donation campaign held by the online community for the cryptocurrency Dogecoin. See more »


When the team is toasting each other after they paint the sled the labels on the Coke bottles change from the red labels to a different label. Also, Derice's level of soda is constantly changing. See more »


[Sanka reveals a hot water bottle nestled under his shirt]
Derice Bannock: I can't believe you're still cold, mon.
Sanka Coffie: Cold? I'm freezing my royal Rastafarian nay-nays off!
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Jamaican Bobsledding Chant
Written by Malik Yoba, Charmaine LaCosta, Sabrina Cohen, Angela Wilks, and Linda Scott
Performed by Worl-A-Girl
Courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Cool running has to be the funniest ever made by the late John Candy
22 February 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie at least 7 times and still get the greatest laugh from it. It has humor, sense of competition to win the big event with all their hearts. Just good clean overall fun and great story line which I understand was derived from a true story.

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