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Cool Runnings -- Based on a true story of four Jamaican athletes.
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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
1 October 1993 (USA) See more »
Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leon ... Derice Bannock

Doug E. Doug ... Sanka Coffie

Rawle D. Lewis ... Junior Bevil

Malik Yoba ... Yul Brenner

John Candy ... Irv

Raymond J. Barry ... Kurt Hemphill

Peter Outerbridge ... Josef Grool
Paul Coeur ... Roger
Larry Gilman ... Larry
Charles Hyatt ... Whitby Bevil - Sr.
Winston Stona ... Coolidge
Bertina Macauley ... Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie ... Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper ... Winston
Bill Dow ... Registration Official

Jay Brazeau ... Kroychzech
Campbell Lane ... Shindler
Matthew Walker ... German Official
Christopher Gaze ... British Official
Jack Goth ... Gremmer
David Lovgren ... Swiss Captain
Kerwin Kerr ... Boy #1
Deamion Robinson ... Boy #2
Beverly Brown ... Lady #1
Cyrene Tomlinson ... Lady #2
Oliver Hunter ... Joseph
Fitz Weir ... Uncle Ferte
Teddy Price ... Drunk
Charles Harvey ... Cop #1
Clive Anderson ... Cop #2
Michael London ... Heckler
Lloyd Roache ... Push Cart Darby Starter
Cheryl Kroeker ... Hotel Clerk
Karyn J. Scott ... Line Dancer
Craig Lehto ... Bobsled Starter
Al Trautwig ... Himself
John Morgan ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Robert Kelly ... Canadian Captain (uncredited)

Rob McEwan ... News Photographer (uncredited)
Rob Parisien ... Olympic Messenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Turteltaub 
Writing credits
Lynn Siefert (story) &
Michael Ritchie (story)

Lynn Siefert (screenplay) and
Tommy Swerdlow (screenplay) &
Michael Goldberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jeffrey Bydalek .... assistant producer
Susan B. Landau .... executive producer
Christopher Meledandri .... executive producer
Dawn Steel .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
Casting by
Chemin Sylvia Bernard 
Jaki Brown  (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Production Design by
Stephen Marsh 
Art Direction by
Rick Roberts 
Set Decoration by
Lesley Beale 
Costume Design by
Grania Preston 
Makeup Department
Veronica Ciandre .... key hairdresser
Norma Hill-Patton .... key makeup artist (as Norma Hill Patton)
Donna Fuller .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tom Benz .... unit manager: second unit
Casey Grant .... unit production manager
Natalie Thompson .... unit production manager: Jamaica
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Berquist .... second assistant director: second unit
Jim Brebner .... third assistant director
Bruce Franklin .... first assistant director
Avi Kleinberger .... additional first assistant director: Jamaica
Michael London .... third assistant director: Jamaica
Grant Lucibello .... third assistant director
Franz Marzouca .... second second assistant director: Jamaica
Brad Moerke .... dgc trainee
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Micky Moore)
Brian Whittred .... third assistant director: second unit
Michael A. Williams .... first assistant director: second unit (as Michael Williams)
Kim H. Winther .... second assistant director (as Kim Winther)
Art Department
Jennifer Chang Binns .... assistant art director: Jamaica (as Jennifer Chang)
Curtis Crowe .... assistant construction coordinator: Jamaica (as Curtis Hudgins Crowe)
Alain Giguère .... scenic artist: Jamaica (as Alain Giguere)
Dean Goodine .... assistant props
Sean Gorman .... property master: second unit
Scott Jacobson .... set decorator: Jamaica
Jane B. Johnson .... leadperson: Jamaica (as Jane Johnson)
Gary Kosko .... art director: Jamaica
Marta McLaughlin .... assistant props: Jamaica (as Marda Schatz)
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master (as R. Wayne McLaughlin)
Gary Clayton Ripley .... scenic artist
Bruce Robinson .... construction coordinator
Bruce Sinski .... assistant art director
Wendi Stewart .... art department production assistant
Mary-Lou Storey .... assistant set decorator
William Tabor .... construction coordinator: Jamaica
Bill Merrett .... props assistant (uncredited)
Melodi Petrigo .... buyer (uncredited)
Michael Sarley .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Per Asplund .... cableman
Per Asplund .... sound mixer: second unit
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist (as Kevin Bartnoff)
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Karl Bennett .... cableman: Jamaica
Julia Evershade .... supervising adr editor
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Anthony J. Giacinti .... boom operator
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Mary Ruth Smith .... foley editor
Larry Sutton .... sound mixer
Julia Evershade .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lars Lenander .... foreman
Lars Lenander .... special effects assistant
T. Dean Merrells .... special effects assistant
Clovis Nielson .... special effects assistant: Jamaica (as Clovis Nelson)
William H. Orr .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Orr)
Maurice Routly .... special effects assistant
Randy Shymkiw .... special effects best boy
Jak Osmond .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Charles Andre .... stunts
Brian Bennett .... stunts
Guy Bews .... stunts
Yves Cameron .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts (as Gregg Danridge)
Tom Eirikson .... stunts (as Tom Eirickson)
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Errol Gee .... stunts
Jason Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
Ernie Johnson .... stunts
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunts (as Kelsee Devoreaux)
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
Shane Le Mar .... stunts (as Shane Lemar)
Irving E. Lewis .... stunts (as Irving Lewis)
David Mylrea .... stunts
Robert Paisley .... stunts
Peter Provebs .... stunts
Jalon Raney .... stunts
Ronald Robinson .... stunts (as Ron Robinson)
Jacob Rupp .... stunt coordinator
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Carlos Spivey .... stunts
David Stevenson .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts
Stuart Thorp .... stunts (as Stuart Thorpe)
Terrence Walters .... stunts
Gene Williams .... stunts
Brent Woolsey .... stunts
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts (uncredited)
Shane Le Mar .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donnie Allen .... electric best boy
Allan Belyea .... grip: daily
Kirk Chiswell .... second assistant camera: second unit
Drew Davidson .... gaffer (as A.W. Davidson)
Vete Dorchak .... best boy
Vete Dorchak .... rigging gaffer
Ivan Hawkes .... key grip: second unit
Dan Heather .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
James L. Hurford .... key grip (as Jim Hurford)
Marvin Lee .... camera loader (as Marin Lee)
Armin Matter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Terry McEwen .... second assistant camera (as Terry McEwan)
Rexford L. Metz .... director of photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
Rob Parisien .... video playback
Joel Ransom .... camera operator: second unit
Rick Stadder .... dolly grip
Gordon Tait .... best boy grip
Pat Williams .... focus: "b" camera
Andrew D. Wilson .... first assistant camera (as Andy Wilson)
Peter F. Woeste .... camera operator
David Emmerichs .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Gordon Schmidt .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
William Haines .... casting assistant: Canada (as Bill Haines)
Phaedra Harris .... casting associate
Janet Morrison .... casting: Jamaica
Maxine Plummer .... casting: Jamaica
Leslie Swan .... extras casting
Ian Williams .... extras casting: Jamaica
Eileen Dillon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roxroy Dinham .... additional costumer: Jamaica
Lynda Foote .... costume supervisor: Jamaica
Melanie Ghisays .... wardrobe costumer: Jamaica (as Melanie Chisays)
Juul Haalmeyer .... dresser: John Candy
Joanne Hansen .... costume supervisor
Carol Case .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bruce Giesbrecht .... assistant editor (as Bruce A. Giesbrecht)
Mark L. Levine .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Fabienne Rawley .... associate editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Sheila MacDowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Nick Glennie-Smith .... composer: additional music
Nick Glennie-Smith .... orchestrator
Daryl B. Kell .... assistant music editor (as Daryl Kell)
Laura Perlman .... music editor
Jay Rifkin .... music scoring mixer
Pamela Turbov .... soundtrack supervisor: A&R
Reggie Wilson .... music contractor
Nico Golfar .... score wrangler (uncredited)
Christopher Ward .... assistant composer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Nigel Arscott .... transportation captain: Jamaica
Kevin Craig .... transportation coordinator: Jamaica
Joe Dodds .... transportation captain (as Joe A. Dodds)
Joe Dodds .... transportation coordinator: second unit (as Joe A. Dodds)
John Dodds .... transportation captain
Ron Reynolds .... transportation captain: Jamaica (as Ronald Reynolds)
John Scott .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Joene Acord .... assistant accountant: Jamaica
Guy Adan .... unit publicist
Kevin Bailey .... assistant wrangler: Jamaica
Tom Benz .... location manager
Jean Bereziuk .... script supervisor
Patricia Blazy .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Christopher Conkling .... first assistant accountant
George Fitch .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Jeremy Francis .... location manager: Jamaica
Susan Genard .... assistant: Jon Turteltaub
Marianne Gray .... assistant: Dawn Steel
Layne Guise .... assistant location manager
Michele Hall .... production assistant: Jamaica
Devon Harris .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
P.C. Harris .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Mary Cay Hollander .... production coordinator: Jamaica
Daighn Jones .... production assistant: Jamaica
John Lacroix .... assistant accountant: payroll (as John LaCroix)
Kenroy Lawrence .... animal wrangler: Jamaica
William Maloney .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer: Jamaica
Yvonne Melville .... production coordinator
Donovan Mendes .... production assistant: Jamaica
Kim Moreau .... script supervisor: second unit
Matt Palmer .... production assistant
Freddie Powell .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Lizzie Scheck .... assistant: Susan B. Landau
Chris Stokes .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Dudley Stokes .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Sharon Stone .... dialect consultant
Sharon Stone .... on set dialect coach
Michael White .... representative: Jamaican Bobsled Federation
Cathy Yost .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Robert Dawson .... title designer (uncredited)
Carmen Franczyk .... assistant production co-ordinator: Jamaica (uncredited)
Howard Horwitz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Kershaw .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Merz .... market researcher (uncredited)
Martin Pedersen .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Denise Rackett .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Trevor Seitz .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Trevor Seitz .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Darryl Solly .... location production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild language and brief violence (Approval No. 32624)
98 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Denzel Washington turned down the role of Derice and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka, baulking at the pay offered.See more »
Continuity: When the team walks out of the Calgary airport, they get on a shuttle that says "Calgary Hotel" on it, but then in later shots they are shown staying at the "Relaxx Inn", not the "Calgary Hotel".See more »
Sanka Coffie:What I am saying to you, is that you are the kind of club-toting, raw-meat-eating, Me-Tarzan-You-Jane-ing, big, bald bubblehead that can only count to ten if he's barefoot or wearing sandals.See more »
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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
One Of The Greatest Films Ever Made, 20 April 2006
Author: Joe Walton from United Kingdom

It might not be historically accurate - and you know what, some of the best films aren't - but I believe, hand on heart, that Cool Runnings is one of greatest films ever made.

Cool Runnings is absolutely hilarious with a wonderful blend of slapstick comedy, one liners, colourful characters and absurdity, however its comic achievements are well documented, and for this reason I will take them as read.

Cool Runnings is an exploration of a number of the weightiest themes a film can deal with, such as racism, poverty, pride, passion, forgiveness and self-belief. Cool Runnings tackles all of these themes head-on without losing an ounce of its charm, humour, or family-fun.

A superbly played Joseph Gruel is the prime embodiment of the racism the Jamaicans face on the hill, and his story is very moving. So too is the voyage of self-discovery and forgiveness embarked on by disgraced coach Erv Blitzer (John Candy). The team themselves are a wonderful advert for teamwork and the little island of Jamaica. Each one is wise, bold in the face of their respective adversity, and has an intriguing story to tell.

The ending of Cool Runnings also ranks as one of the greatest. It masterfully avoids the back-slapping, one-dimensional and predictable ending it looks to be approaching, a trap that so many other similar 'feel-good' films fall into. Instead Cool Runnings brings together all of the themes that have been explored, in one emotionally charged final scene.

99% will disagree with something I have written above. But I first watched the film 15 years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. I have watched it around 100 times now, and I still shed a tear at the other film has ever brought me even close to that.

If you take nothing else from this review. Watch Cool Runnings. It is so much better than the clever-arsed, blockbuster-biased critics will have you believe. Forget the highly forgettable cheese like Remember the Titans, The Mighty Ducks and all the rest. Pull up a chair, get the phone on divert, and sit back and enjoy the only 'feel good' film worth watching.

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