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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 <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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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jamaica Abaixo de Zero  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,503,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)


£9,209,124 (UK) (20 May 1994)

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At the time, it was the highest grossing live action film released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner. See more »


The announcer at the sprint finals says the 100 meters is the final event of the day, yet there are 50 other athletes practicing and warming up for other events. See more »


Yul Brenner: Look in the mirror, and tell me what you see!
Junior Bevill: I see Junior.
Yul Brenner: You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!
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Picky Picky Head
Written by Lloyd McDonald
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A scene from the 1988 Olympics:
24 November 2001 | by (Lake Butler, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of John Candy's best movies. An excellent cast makes this a real feel good film telling the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team and their efforts to overcome the prejudices of a previous all white sport. You'll enjoy every minute of this flick and have a better understanding of what it takes to join the Olympic movement. For the entire family.

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