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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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$68,856,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,856,263
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The flag banner slogan of the Jamaican Bobsled team read: "SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY . . . UNITY IS STRENGTH. Yes Jamaica, Together we can!". See more »

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When Irv Blitzer is registering for bobsled tryouts, the man at the computer is using a computer that was first introduced in the early 1990s, and the film is set in 1988. See more »

Quotes

[the team emerges from the airport into a blizzard]
Irv: It's not so much the heat, it's the humidity that'll kill you.
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Referenced in Futurama: Xmas Story (1999) See more »

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Dolly My Baby
Written by William Maragh and T. Sparks
Performed by Super Cat
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Funny, strong and endearing characters
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and loving it. It is one of those feel good movies that you think is corny but somehow avoids that label. The characters are funny and endearing. John Candy balances the broken side of his character along with the inspirational side of his character very believably. Doug E Doug has some hilarious dialogs. You feel yourself rooting for the team with more feeling than you expect. The director does well by not focusing on the racial aspect of the movie and converting it to just another movie of black vs. white. Obviously you cannot expect any brilliant acting or movie making but all in all this movie is a must see for families. Four Jamaicans in a bob sled is more entertaining than it looks.


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